The Prelude Program uses the Suzuki Method, which is a world renowned method started by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Japan that incorporates the use of smaller sized instruments, listening to recordings, and parent-supervised practice at home. Dr. Suzuki believed that musical talent and abilities can be learned by all children. They are developed through training and exposure to musical activities.
One of the most important developments in the Suzuki method is the interaction of parents with their children in the learning process. This includes attending lessons and group practices, and making time for practice at home.
Numerous studies have shown that playing a musical instrument increases the productivity of a child in other areas of learning, such as math, reading, writing, languages, as well as history and the sciences. It also encourages your child to set goals for him/herself and to be a team player.
Prelude Program Requirements
- Commitment to the Prelude Program for the entire year
- One parent (guardian) and child attend a weekly 15 minute lesson.
Lessons are scheduled during the school day. Lessons may consist of 2 or more students at a time.
- 30-minute group class, scheduled by the director.
- Performance at school concerts (Winter, Spring, and All-City Festival – dates will be provided)
Child practices with parent for 15 minutes per day, 5 days a week
Child listens to Suzuki CD every day, so that he/she is familiar with the Suzuki
Materials required (prices may vary)
- Instrument (starting at $15.00 per month)
Instruments are available for rental through local music stores.
The school does not rent instruments for the Prelude Program
- Suzuki Book ($7.95)
- Suzuki CD ($15.95)
- Suzuki CD ROM ~ not required, but recommended ($20.00)
Allows you to adjust the tempo of songs for easier learning.
A computer is required for the CD ROM.
- Spiral Notebook for parent attending lessons/group to take notes and write down assignments.