Students (ages 3 and up) have individual organ lessons, attend regular group lessons and may have the opportunity to play in solo concerts and holiday workshops and festivals
The organ is known as the ‘King of Instruments’, for its size and for the huge range of sounds that can be played on it, from the grandest ceremonial marches to the quietest, most delicate pianissimos.
Suzuki Organ is now internationally established as a unique approach to teaching very young children the classical organ. Children learn language by sound and so they are naturally attracted to this amazing instrument with its musical sounds of all sorts – from drums to trumpets to bird calls!
Highly skilled teachers are able to teach children from the age of 3 years to tertiary level. Students progress from playing games and improvisations on the pedals to playing with hands and feet together. Small children can reach the pedals using adjustable pedal extenders and organ benches.
The repertoire develops from simple folk melodies and progresses gradually to more advanced pieces by composers from the 18th to 21st centuries. Through the experience of playing and listening to great music, students develop sensitivity, fine characters, musicality and a deep love of music.
The Suzuki approach offers students the experience and enjoyment of playing together in group classes and of performing for family, friends and each other at regular recitals. The opportunity of playing in a variety of venues and on different organs gives students the ability to adapt to instruments of varying styles and sizes.
Suzuki Organ teachers are supported in their ongoing learning by taking part in regular professional teacher training programs and workshops.
See: www.learnsuzukiorgan.com for more information about Suzuki Organ in Australia.
Purchasing an Instrument
An instrument needs to consist of at least two manuals (keyboards) and a full pedal board (30 – 32 notes). New and second hand organs are available for purchase or hire from music stores. Before acquiring an instrument, you would be advised to discuss this with your child’s teacher who would be able to recommend a suitable instrument.