Grand Rapids Suzuki Piano
As you begin studyng with me using the Suzuki piano method, you will learn to play music beautifully with ease and grace. You will gain confidence in your ability as you master your music step by step. You will find yourself developing amazing technique, a tool which will enable esquisite musical expression. You will easily create a "singing" tone to speak your musical language clearly with meaning. You will be able to express the emotions of the human soul. You will learn to sing the stories and beauty of life through your piano.
I am blessed to participate in the growth and development of children from the womb to high school graduation and beyond! I enjoy planting a musical seed within each person. Along with parents and our studio family, we nurture the growth of that musical sprout and enjoy the student blossom into a noble human being. Being a "gardener" in a student's life, assisting parents and family to "nurture by love", and seeing the student's character grow so that they lovingly share with their world the beauty of life and in their way begin to make our world a better place to live -- this brings me incredible joy and satisfaction!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Contact me at 616-784-4438 or [email protected]
Tell me about yourself or child and your goals and dreams for piano lessons.
Schedule a free observation and time to meet me. If you have a young child, they may come as many times as they like to becomes acquainted and feel comfortable. Parents always accompany the child. We will begin when the child, parent and teacher know it is the perfect time.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have taught piano for 50 years, Suzuki piano since 1980. I am an education graduate of Cornerstone University and Calvin University. I have completed Suzuki Association of America sanctioned training and am certified for all levels. My is with Haruko Kataoka, co-founder of the Suzuki Piano Method and observing Dr. Shinichi Suzuki teach. I served at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as Suzuki Piano Program Director and Instructor for 30 years. For the St.Cecilia Piano Camp, I designed and taught the Music History curriculum for 8 years. The Suzuki philosophy was implemented in our home as we raised our four children. Three of our four adult children are now professional Suzuki teachers. I have accompanied adult and youth choirs, soloists, instrumentalists. I served as accompanist for the GRCC Suzuki String Outreach program for 10 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Annual tuition (Sept.-May) may be paid in full or divided into monthly payments. I offer discounts for "on time payments" which are received by the first of the month and an additional discount for full payment in September. Summer lessons are Memorial Day through August 15. Families may pick 5-7 weeks that work for their schedule.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have successfully taught students as young as 2 yrs old on up to 82 yrs young. My specialty is adapting to the students needs and working in developmentally appropriate ways, always listening and processing the students needs. I have worked with many blind students for decades as well as those with special learning needs and limited physical capabilities. I absolutely love assisting adult students, age 16 to well past retirement age learn and enjoy making their own music.