Children aged 3–4 can start to learn the piano in Suzuki instruction. The lessons start from the basics of instrument learning: focusing on the lesson, listening to the directions and music, improving fine motor skills, understanding melodies, repeating rhythms, and practising at home. Listening to music at home is an important part of learning.
We will begin from the basic technique of piano playing from the very first lessons and continue as the child’s skills improve. The aim is to practise in a fun way that suits children’s way of learning through repetition. Pianists need the coordination of both arms, which are trained one at a time. As the child’s ability to focus improves, they will tackle more difficult techniques and melodies. We will go through the same basics with older beginners and continue according to the player’s abilities.
A small child will need an adult’s help in home practice. A child might not think that practising every day is fun and might not remember to do so in the midst of playtime. It is up to the adult to remember practice and try to find a suitable time for it during the day. Home practice doesn’t have to take long – the routine is more important than the length of the practice. If the child gets used to practising as a natural part of each day, it will become a daily routine.
We encourage our pupils to purchase an acoustic piano or a grand piano, but a digital piano can suit a beginner as well. An acoustic piano will have a different sound and touch, and the player can feel the instrument’s resonance in their fingers.