Usually people ask why Suzuki students can’t read music (though I understand most actually do, just not first thing.) My question is, why don’t they need to? Seriously, I teach lots of beginners from kindergarten on up, I have book 1 training though I’m not a Suzuki teacher per se, do a lot of things similarly though, and do stress a lot of ear training. I usually teach reading parallel with finger technique so by the time they finish Twinkle they can start playing simple songs from the written page. But that’s not the point; the thing that gets me is that I don’t think I could wait to teach reading even if I wanted to. As the pieces get more and more complicated, how do you teach all those details without having a page of music to refer to? I really would love to know!
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