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Suzuki Guitar Lessons

Suzuki: World's 10th largest auto manufacturer, or creator of an incredible music teaching paradigm for children?

Music lessons are good for your kid. You already know that. Every parent knows that a music education helps kids develop language, fine motor skills, spatial reasoning, and a bunch of other researchy-sounding stuff. It even improves test scores and literally changes the way the brain works. So I'm going to skip all that and cut right to the chase. You want the best for your child. You want a proven method with proven results. Preferably one that's used by tons of teachers and has almost 75 years of research, development, and experience behind it. I agree with you. And that is why I teach using the Suzuki Method.

A happy child taking guitar lessons.
Student Riley M. (2016 Phillies #1 Fan) asked for a photo in our last lesson before he moved to D.C.

Kale clearly has a deep understanding of child psychology. He was able to get a very impulsive, easily distracted toddler to follow directions and have a great time doing it. He was kind, understanding, and very tolerant. I believe the benefits of his teaching can be infinite. Counting can become fun, patience a virtue, and for others, like my son, who struggle with speech, this can give them another method of communication and a confidence of self that is priceless.
Dru H.

About The Suzuki Guitar Method

The Suzuki method is a way of teaching every child in a way that helps them develop in the most natural way possible. When he was a young adult in a new country and trying to learn a new language, Shin'ichi Suzuki made the observation that Children learn with easeall children learn and speak their native language with relative ease. He spent the rest of his life observing what contributes to a child's ease of learning, applying these observations to his music lessons and refining them, and teaching others to do the same.

R.M. and R.A. decided to play a spontaneous duet between lessons. Fortunately, a father's cell phone caught most of it!

While there are many components to Suzuki guitar lessons, the most important is creating a warm, caring environment for your child to learn in. On the most basic level, this community is simply your child, you, and me. During weekly lessons, I'll provide the foundation and guidance for your child's practice, while at home, the learning environment is continued with your guidance.

Kale has been teaching our son Suzuki guitar for a year now, he began shortly after his third birthday. He is an excellent, patient and skilled teacher who really knows how to redirect an easily-distracted young learner. Our son loves Kale and playing music has had a great impact on him, we hope that this is the beginning of his life-long love for music.
Shannon C.

Shin'ichi Suzuki incorporated many language-learning devices into his teaching method and teaching environment. Children spend every moment from birth listening to people speak. A central part of their speech development is this listening process which is supplemented by imitation and repetition. These are worked into Suzuki lessons environment from the very beginning, as children listen to recordings of the songs they are working on, imitate the teacher during private lessons and other students during group lessons, and develop a repertoire of songs with which they grow increasingly comfortable as they regularly repeat them.

a happy child taking guitar lessons.
Student Brenna G. was wearing her "Kale Good Guitar Studio” t-shirt, so we took a photo!

While the basic learning environment is student, teacher, and parent, the Suzuki learning community extends much further. An integral part of learning the instrument is group lessons, Student, Teacher, Parentwhere every student can encourage one another and every parent can encourage every student. Students can even participate in national events held by the Suzuki Association of the Americas, where students from all over North America come together to play music, have fun, and support one another.

For more information about the Suzuki method, you can watch the Suzuki Association of the America's cool video and visit their website. Another good source of information is Shin'ichi Suzuki's story of the creation of the Suzuki method. (these links open in a new window).

Student M.L. plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Look for the ending; I think he's having fun!

When my son showed interest in playing the guitar we wanted to find a good local option that could provide a worthwhile experience. Teaching my 5-year son was a challenge from the start. While he insisted on trying to learn the guitar, he would often shut down at Kale's lessons. Kale remained persistent, patient, and supportive throughout as we all tried many different games and strategies to engage my son. After a break-through, my son looks forward to lessons, practices at home, and enjoys listening and playing music. Most importantly, my son is having fun, while learning good fundamentals from a strong musician and committed teacher.
Wolf A.
Four students play Moonwalk at their first recital! Ages 4, 4, 6, and 10.

My son began taking lessons with Kale when he was only 5 years old and has continued with him now for 3 years! ...Kale has such a way about him that, even when he is correcting my son, he does it with respect and kindness. ...Kale has passed down his love of music and instruments to my son... I have recommended him to many friends and will continue to do so--we are really lucky to have found him!
Wendy K., mother of Ryan

Lessons with Kale

As a trained Suzuki Method teacher, I use all the elements of the Suzuki method and believe firmly every child has the ability to play beautiful music, just as they speak their native language with ease. As a performing classical guitarist, I have a thorough knowledge of classical guitar technique that I use to supplement all the folk songs and classical pieces that your child will be learning in our lessons together. Together, we'll create an awesome and powerful learning environment for your child!

For more info and to get your child started, contact me!

And, just in case some of you are still wondering, Suzuki Motor Corporation was the world's 10th largest auto maker in 2010. But they have absolutely nothing to do with the Suzuki Teaching method or Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation (and those last two both have nothing to do with each other, either). Turns out, Suzuki is the second most common family name in Japan. Kinda like Smith or Johnson here in the US.