WHAT IS SUZUKI?
Suzuki violin and piano methods are not currently offered at KMI. The Suzuki approach is very successful at getting very young children to play quickly. Suzuki is primarily a rote learning system and The KMI faculty believe the Suzuki approach has some problems in getting students to read music well once they get older. Further, the Suzuki approach seems to require significant parental involvement (the parents must be part of the entire daily practice session and every lesson), which is much more than most of our parents are willing to do. For piano, we have found the Jane Bastien "Invitation to Music" series excellent for very young piano students. [Click on the link above to learn more about Suzuki.]
At KMI we require our very young students (under age 7) to begin with piano (see CHOOSING AN INSTRUMENT), and when they are ready to begin a string instrument (1-2 years later), Mr. Kikuchi's new teaching publication, Musicianship for Strings, will specifically transition the student into playing the string instrument by taking advantage of the musical knowledge the student has gained from piano study. Both instruments can be continued concurrently, or the piano may be dropped in favor of the string instrument. If the parents are committed to violin only, and the student is at least 7 years old, then Mr. Kikuchi's system has a wonderful pre-reading primer that teaches young string students how to read music and to learn the instrument with the same kind of approach the early piano methods have.