Piano, Level 1B — Year 1 (4-6); Year 2 (K-3) – Fri, 12:00 PM with Pres. Suzanne Lichtenstein (2024-2025)

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Welcome to Piano Class! Learn along with friends, to make your piano journey more fun.

This class is Year 1 for ages 9-13, and Year 2 for ages 5-8. Brand-new beginners younger than age 9 should enroll in Level 1A. Age matters more than grade level for piano. 

  • Small group classes develop camaraderie and confidence.
  • Students love showing their Piano Class friends what they have learned, which naturally motivates them to practice in between lessons.
  • Music-learning should be fun and encouraging, so the class will be taught with a lively emphasis on games, hands-on activities, and group interaction. 


  • Parental involvement is part of the Suzuki Method. Parent participation as facilitator and assistant is required during class. 
  • Students should be co-enrolled in Music Fluency, in order to receive maximum benefit from this course. Music Fluency includes music theory, music science (physics of sound), music history, music genres, music reading, and music writing. It is the precursor to Music Literacy. 

What to Expect

  • We place equal emphasis on both music-reading and ear-training, to create life-long musicians. 
  • We believe that every student is musical, and it is the teacher’s job to unlock the student’s potential. This requires the teacher to use multiple teaching approaches (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic), tailor each lesson to fit student ages and personalities, and use analogies (relating concepts to the students’ personal interests).
  • The Parent is a vital part of the teaching team. The parent provides a music-rich, nurturing environment, ensures the availability of proper equipment, plays the music CDs or audio files for the child daily, and leads and encourages the child’s practice.
  • Mistakes are part of music-making. We strive to make music beautiful, and learn to accept our mistakes calmly without focusing on them. Rather than be embarrassed by our musical mistakes, or turn them into logismoi, we learn to use them as diagnostic tools to make our music better.

Required Equipment

  • A high-quality piano, whether regular (acoustic, tuned twice a year) or digital (Yamaha P145/P143 or better, with 88 keys and fully-weighted keys; the student will also need a sturdy piano stand, not tabletop). Using high-quality pianos teaches students fine touch and tonal beauty. Just as a bad pen produces bad handwriting, a bad piano produces bad-sounding music, and the student will become reluctant to practice. You need a good piano to produce good results. 
  • An adjustable bench and adjustable footrest, in order to prevent muscle stress, fatigue, and injury. The adjustable bench and footrest also prevent dropped wrists and bad technique. 
  • If using a digital piano, a true piano stand instead of a table. Stand for Yamaha P145/P143 

Required Materials

  • Audio Recording: Kataoka Performs the Suzuki Piano School, Vol. 1 Downloadable MP3 (Choose the edition with performer: Haruko Kataoka.)
    • Choose supplier: Amazon or iTunes or Alfred Media
      Note: Do not purchase a streaming version. We need to upload the Suzuki MP3 to Audiostretch. Streaming will not work in Audiostretch. Purchase the download instead.
  • Textbook TBA

Only enrolled students can view materials.