The Suzuki Triangle is an aspect unique to the Suzuki philosophy of teaching.  The parent, teacher, and child (Three sides of the triangle) all work together as a team to achieve learning both in lessons, and in daily practice at home.  This is quite different from other private lessons taught by a non-suzuki-trained teacher.

Q: Who is Shinichi Suzuki?  A: The man who came up with this philosophy of teaching that has made a huge impact on generations of families.  Read more here.


Expectations for the Teacher

  • Provide a creative teaching environment that motivates both the student and parent to do their best.
  • Approach lessons with a positive encouraging attitude.
  • Provide clear instructions and assignments in a format that will promote successful completion at home.
  • Teach student and parent how to produce a strong beautiful tone while maintaining good posture.
  • Incorporate both a long term goal for the child, as well as be aware of what the child and parent can do now to support that future.
  • Assist in communication between the parent and student.  
  • Provide support, assistance, and information in many formats.
  • Use repertoire that the student and parent already know well to introduce new skills and techniques.
  • Provide many examples of creative ways for the parent and child  to practice.  
  • Inspire a love of learning and a love of making music.


Expectations for the Student

  • Attend lessons with a positive attitude and a desire to participate.
  • Practice the material assigned.
  • Ask questions to clarify anything that is unclear
  • Practice daily and work respectfully with the parent like you would your own teacher.
  • Listen to the recordings daily, even if there is no time to practice.


Expectations for the Parent

  • Attend lessons, take detailed notes, and make sure students listen to their recordings daily.
  • Assist in daily practice, following trough on what the teacher has assigned in private and group lessons
  • Feel free to ask questions for clarification.
  • Encourage and support your child's efforts in a positive atmosphere.  This includes trying to keep distractions to a minimum during practice, and celebrating the progress being made.  
  • Creativity in how to spark the child's imagination for repetitions.
  • Review the familiar repertoire in every practice session so that it becomes easy and musical and provides the foundation for skills building off of the review piece techniques.