Suzuki Piano vs. Traditional Method, what should I choose for my child?
Suzuki Piano is called the "mother tongue" method, meaning just how one learns language through listening, a child can learn how to play the piano. This approach is ideal for the young beginner, i.e. 3+ and requires direct parental involvement at the lesson and during home practice. Early learning is based on using repetitive rote learning, listening to the recordings daily and memory.
Traditional piano method begins with note reading right from the first lesson. This method is ideal for the older beginner, i.e. age 7+, when the child is able to learn independently with little or no parental involvement during lessons or practice time. Of course, parental guidance is always encouraged to support the child's learning.
A parent knows their child's personality best and can further discuss which method is more suitable after an introductory assessment from their prospective teacher.
How many lessons in the year?
The piano year runs from September to June with 34 lessons in total.
I have to miss a lesson, is there a make-up?
24 hours notice is recommended if you need to miss a lesson unless it is an emergency situation i.e. accident, hospital, sudden illness. An online lesson will be scheduled during your regular lesson time for a maximum of 2 lessons. Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be rescheduled.
Do you have any recitals?
There are two recitals, Nov/Dec and in May/June depending on the booking of the recital venue.
BKB Music Studio offers three performance classes, October, February and May. Students, when ready and at the appropriate playing level, are encouraged to participate in music festivals, exams, Suzuki institutes, and other performance opportunities as they arise throughout the year.
Can my child earn high school credits by taking piano lessons?
Yes, you can.
A maximum of 1 Grade 11 university/college preparation music credit may be awarded towards the OSSD for the successful completion of the following:
- Level 7 Practical and Level 7 Theory, The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program
A maximum of 1 Grade 12 university/college preparation music credit may be awarded towards the OSSD for the successful completion of the following:
- Level 8 Practical and Level 8 Theory, The Royal Conservatory Certificate Program
How do I make payments for the piano lessons?
Payments are made in 4 installments: September, November, February and April. E-transfer or post-dated cheques.
What are the fees?
Please call for current tuition fees. Lesson can begin at 15 minute sessions for the very young beginner (age 3-4) and move up to 30 minutes for beginners, 45 minutes for intermediates and 60 minutes for advanced students.