Parent/Teacher Resources

Resources for Suzuki Parents and Teachers

     I travel nationally and internationally working with students of all ages, from young children to university students.  I also train teachers in the Suzuki Method, as well as parents of Suzuki students.  The following links are resources for teachers, parents, and anyone interested in the Suzuki Method.  This information is given in response to the many requests I get for the teaching materials I have developed for use in my program.  Some of these are free here on this site, and some are publications that can be ordered through a link provided to a distributor.

     The first link below is a list of all of the materials (guitars, strings, tuners, etc.) that are necessary to study the guitar at our school.  Many of these can be bought locally, and each of these materials is also accompanied by a link to enable you to easily order online.


Link - 1.  Suzuki Guitar Materials List

Link - 2. Buying A Guitar And Sizing Your Child For A Guitar.pdf Click to Download

Link - 3. Buying New Strings For Your Guitar.pdf Click to Download

Link - 4. Practice Routines and Games.pdf Click to Download  This is the resource that I am most frequently asked for by parents of young Suzuki students.  This is a portion of the parent training information I hand out. 

Link - 5. Music Symbols Checklist.pdf Click to Download
     This link is a list of all of the musical symbols (pictures of symbols included) that the student will encounter in Suzuki Guitar Book 1. The symbols are listed by their order of presentation in the book. This list can be placed in the student's materials and included as part of the students requirement to “graduate” from a particular piece (the student must be able to name all of the symbols presented in the book up through that piece).

Music Theory Studies for the Guitar

     The two links given directly below are to several pages from a book I have put together by this same title.  You are welcome to download, copy, and use with your students these two pages. I have made these available at no cost because they teach several fundamental skills that I believe all classical guitar teachers should be giving their students. 

     The rest of the book is a collection of teaching materials and worksheets that are useful for teachers of students of all ages, from the Suzuki to the collegiate studio level.  Copies of the entire book can be ordered from Young Musicians Inc. at

Link - 6.  Spelling Major Triads.pdf Click to Download

Link - 7.  Playing the Order of the Sharps.pdf Click to Download

Harmonic Analysis of Your Repertoire

     This is another publication of mine which is a continuation of the skills presented in the Music Theory Studies for the Guitar described above.  This is a set of tried and tested lessons that give students more advanced music theory skills, skills that enable students to do harmonic analysis of their repertoire if the teacher is interested in taking students that far.  The link given here offers just the contents of the book so that you can see how it is organized.  The book is available from Young Musicians Inc. at

Link - 8. Harmonic Analysis of Your Repertoire (Contents).pdf Click to Download

The Bass Notes Melody Notes Book

     The link below is for a book I use as a reading development supplement.  In order for this to be useful and effective, two conditions must be present:

     1) the student must be a Suzuki Guitar student, very familiar with the repertoire through a structured listening program in the home, and

     2) the student must be attending a group class along with more advanced players who are modeling this repertoire, and who represent an opportunity for the student to perform these lines as an accompaniment to the ensemble.

     I have used this material very successfully as part of my approach to teaching reading. This supplement allows Suzuki Guitar teachers to explore the fundamentals of reading music on the guitar with the following advantages:

     1) The book starts with a few pieces from late Book 1 and early Book 2 repertoire.  The advantages of these pieces are a. they are simple rhythmically, b. they use only open bass strings, giving the student an early start on reading ledger lines, and c. they only the thumb, the simplest stroke available to the guitarist.                  

     2) The student has several special motivations to learn this material: a. that of being able to play repertoire they are familiar with, and especially b. that of being able to perform these as accompaniments to the advanced repertoire (just the bass notes) or melodic support to the advanced repertoire (simple rest stroke renditions of just the melody). This can take place in group classes, and also in performances as long as there aren’t too many additional players on the bass line "outweighing" the other players.

     4) This book assists in the learning of upcoming repertoire, not only because the bass or melody line has been learned in advance, but also because the act of learning and performing them with a more advanced ensemble profoundly enriches the student’s listening component.

Link - 9. The Bass Notes/Melody Book.pdf Click to Download

10.  Other Important links for parents:

Link - Suzuki Association of the Americas Website


Link - Piedmont Classical Guitar Society Website




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