In a 30-minute lesson, two-thirds of the time is devoted to the Suzuki method. This follows the child’s natural way of learning his or her language, through imitation and listening. All the music learned at the lesson is regularly heard at home. Before the student begins a piece at the lesson, they are familiar with it because they’ve heard it so often.
This method develops playing-by-ear; skills needed to produce fluid melodies and balanced accompaniments. What the child plays on the piano is not limited by what he can read. Ten minutes or so is focused on note-reading skills.
The Alfred series is currently being used for teaching theory. This reading method incorporates many different styles in its instruction (jazz, boogie, pop and classical), both educating as well as entertaining. By the time the student has reached the 2nd volume of Suzuki music, he will be reading as well as playing by ear.
All mastered pieces in the Suzuki repertoire are considered reviews and practiced regularly. They provide the student with a sense of accomplishment and songs to play at any time. The reviews also serve as a time of exercise in practice while being free to refine through better tone quality and musical expression.