Piano Lessons

Considering piano lessons for your child or yourself? The Suzuki Piano School of Santa Clarita is ready to welcome you.  We offer:

• Programs For All Levels
• Group Classes For Babies & Toddlers, ages zero to 3 years
• Twinkler Piano Classes for ages 3 – 5 years
• Individual Lessons for ages 6 years to adult
• Instruction In All Styles & Genres
• Group Performance & Theory Classes
• Piano Ensembles

If you are interested in signing up your child for lessons, please email or call to schedule an appointment to observe a lesson with an enrolled student. Lessons begin with observation of other students. The observation period is normally about a month.

Beginning students and their parents need to listen to the CD of the music in Book 1 for at least a month, to become familiar with the songs and be ready for lessons at the piano. Parents are asked to begin reading “Ability Development From Age Zero” by Dr. Suzuki.

Please have your piano tuned and order supplies and materials, including an adjustable bench and footstool (as needed). Alyse Korn will make a home visit to check that all of the supplies and home environment are prepared. Once the observation period is complete, you may register, pay for tuition, and schedule a lesson time-slot.

Reasons to Choose Us

• We believe that musical ability can be developed in all children.
• We start students at young ages.
• We encourage parents to play an active role in the learning process.
• We train children to play beautifully before learning to read music.
• We require students to perform frequently, individually and in groups.
• We offer a nurturing and stimulating musical learning environment.
• We personalize individual instruction.
• We are university trained and Suzuki certified.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Suzuki Method is also called the Mother Tongue method because students learn in the same natural easy way they learned their native language. Suzuki teachers realize the importance of listening to the music as it is being learned and played. By hearing the music in the ears daily, the student learns quickly and easily and plays more beautifully and musically. Suzuki teachers work carefully to see that students are seated comfortably and securely at the piano. The give careful attention to seating at a proper height and proper support of the feet not only in the studio, but at the most important place of piano playing, the piano at home. Suzuki teachers know the value of observation. Students observe each other weekly and in performances regularly. Being on a piano "team" makes playing the piano more fun and takes away the loneliness and isolation that is often the plight of pianists. Suzuki involves parents. The parent participates during the lessons and learns right along with the student. Ideally, parents will record lessons for instant feed back during lessons, and for students to review during the week between lessons. By repeating what was said and done at the lesson, students learn more quickly and easily and have no question of what and how they should practice.The parent is the coach and practice supervisor. Parents don't have to know anything about music to do this, but they do have to be able to read numbers 1 - 5 to help with correct fingering. Suzuki teachers usually work with two (or more) instruments during the lesson. Often they use video equipment to record the lessons. The students have more fun while learning quickly and easily.
As Dr. Suzuki recommends, starting very young is optimum. Alyse Korn enjoys and works very successfully with students ages 3 years and up. Students of any age benefit from the Suzuki Method approach, even adults!
Lessons begin with observation of other students. The observation period is normally a month or more. The beginning student needs to listen to the CD of the music in Book 1 for at least a month to become familiar with the songs and be ready for lessons at the piano. By taking the student to see what you want him/her to do, the interest in the activity and comfort level in a strange place is increased. By watching others at the piano, the student and parent learn the piano lesson format. The student becomes familiar with the studio set up and the teacher. Very soon the student is saying, "Mom, when is it going to be my turn?" If everything is ready at the home instrument, that's the time to begin!
Suzuki students visit their teacher once a week for an individual lesson, accompanied by a parent or guardian. The teacher encourages siblings and/or other students to quietly observe. There is normally at least one other student and parent in the room during the lesson.
The lesson time is 20 minutes to 1 hour. Since the most important and valuable part of the lesson continues to be observation of others, plan to come early and/or stay after your lesson to observe other students each week. Most 3 year olds don't last for a whole hour at the beginning, so their time is shorter and depends on each individual student. Very soon they are able to spend more time watching and playing.
Having a keyboard along with the piano can create added interest, can increase enjoyment of playing together, and can enable you to explore different sounds. However, students who practice only a keyboard are at a disadvantage playing an upright in the studio and performing on the concert grand in the recitals. The tone on a keyboard is produced electronically and the keys have an unsatisfactory, usually easier touch. Even keyboards with weighted keys do not measure up. Also, a keyboardist controls only the volume, while a pianist controls volume, tone quality, and sonority.
Children hear exceptionally well, and will detect a poor instrument immediately. The piano must be best quality that you can afford. You can rent or buy. Experience shows that the higher quality instrument stimulates eagerness to practice and longer practice sessions. Students with high quality instruments usually play better, faster and easier at a higher skill level. Finally, a high quality instrument challenges the student to improve year after year.
Alyse teaches in a clean, organized studio area in her home, free from distractions. She teaches with two, tuned, high-quality instruments, footstools, and adjustable piano benches. Students play in ensemble with the teacher and others from the beginning. The benefits of taking piano lessons at the studio include; a distraction free environment, piano ensembles, observations of other students, updated computer learning lab, group performance classes, theory classes, piano parties, and a music lending library.
Group theory and performance classes are held once a month on a Saturday afternoon during the school year. Other individual student recitals are scheduled as appropriate, and as students and parents request. The piano school offers an end of school year formal Recital and Awards Ceremony at a local performance hall. By performing often during the year, the student knows what to expect and how to perform with ease. Self-confident students are well prepared when the talent show at school or program at church affords another opportunity to perform. Most students grow to enjoy performances.
Alyse puts a high priority on the skill of music reading. Students learn rhythm reading from the first lesson through the use of the Music Mind Games. Yes, it is so easy even the three year olds love the Blue Jello rhythm cards and read and play rhythms well! When the student is ready, the Reading Keyboard Music (RKM) series, a place specific method of reading notation is used. RKM features delightful pieces with easy duets for most pieces. With rhythm reading well in hand, reading standard notation is logical and quickly learned. It is a natural progression to learn to read. The Suzuki student develops reading skills easily and quickly because playing skills are in place. Because the ear is so well trained and in use in playing, Suzuki students memorize easily and quickly.
Fees are based on student level. A list of fees, materials and other costs is available in the studio.
1. Read Ability Development from Age Zero by Dr. Suzuki and Introducing Suzuki Piano by Doris Koppelman. 2. Buy the Suzuki Piano Book 1 CD by Dr. Haruko Kataoka and The New International Edition of Suzuki Piano School, Volume 1. 3. Listen to the CD softly in the background. 4. Schedule your free lesson observation and home visit. Please call 661-510-7506 to schedule an observation. Come and meet the teacher and see Suzuki piano lessons in progress!