Katie Suzuki Music Lessons

Suzuki Piano | Suzuki Violin

In-person and online

Step-by-step lessons for complete beginners aged 3yrs+


The Suzuki method teaches music in the same way that children learn language, using the mother tongue method.
Learn to play by ear first and to read music later.
Lessons in-person and online
Individual lessons and group classes
Watch pre-recorded video lessons then get personalised support by booking a lesson or uploading a video for me to watch.

I am a trained Suzuki teacher with over 20 years of experience. I provide professional quality online video lessons and can support you with in-person lessons or remotely by webcam and video uploads.

Every parent wants the best for their child and in terms of music, this often means Suzuki method lessons.

I teach in-person lessons in Nelson and Motueka (New Zealand) and online by webcam. I also provide pre-recorded video lessons for my students to watch at home.

If you don't have access to a local Suzuki teacher, you can do lessons with me from your home. You can watch the pre-recorded video lessons, take individual lessons with me via webcam and upload videos of your playing so I can send you suggestions and feedback.

Learning to play a musical instrument takes time. Your involvement in your child's music practice greatly increases their chances of success. You need no previous experience to guide your child through their lessons. My goal is not just to enable your child to learn music, but also to support you in your role as their guide.

Suzuki music lessons don't just involve learning the notes. Like any good music lessons they also involve refining posture and tone so that you can play music beautifully. Suzuki lessons are a wholistic approach that help children develop many life skills through music.
Through this website I want to make Suzuki method music lessons accessible to many more people, with the convenience of time and location flexibility. 

How does it work?

I teach using the pieces from the Suzuki Method books. The books and CDs can be bought in my online shop or from most music shops. See the Piano and Violin resources page for more information.

You can use just the video lessons on this website without any teacher but most people find more success if they have some contact with a teacher.

Start by doing a 1-week-free subscription to have a look at the online lessons. If you like what you see then book a free introductory chat with me. To start lessons properly you'll need a paying website subscription, the Suzuki book, CD and an instrument to practice on. I hope to meet you soon,


Why not just use YouTube?

YouTube is amazing! We access all sorts of video topics via this platform and it has changed forever how we learn new information and skills.

However, learning a music instrument can take more than just video instruction to get right. Teacher support is a central and crucial part of developing these skills. Parental support is also important when involving young children, so both the child and parent need support to guide them together as a learning team.

The Suzuki method is revolutionary in this regard, as it trains the parent and child together. The parent is able to assist the child where needed during home lessons, and a quick video recording from a phone or tablet can be uploaded to this site, enabling constructive feedback as required. If more is needed, additional one-on-one real time webcam lessons are available.

The Suzuki Institute supports teachers by training them to the highest teaching standards. This training program ensures that each teacher delivers students the best of this method, all over the world. The Suzuki method is unfortunately not always accessible because a Suzuki trained teacher is not available.  As a trained and registered teacher of the Suzuki method, I've created this website as my way of bridging this gap, to bring Suzuki to more people

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Katie's Blog

the new “Parents Area” of my website

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When my young students start learning to read music it usually becomes their favourite part of the lesson. Initially they learn rhythm reading using animal names like "dog" and "birdie" from the wonderful book "The Rhythm Train" by Dana DeKalb. The children LOVE using this book so much that we use it as a fun break activity during lessons. Each rhythmic unit has a character name and a cute picture...

Enabling students to send me videos of their playing

One of the recent additions on my website has been to enable students to buy one-off video-upload credits. This means that my students can send me a video of their playing using a secure upload link. I watch their playing and send them feedback.

Having these uploads as one-offs makes it very flexible...

Lockdown provides unusual challenges and opportunities

Lockdown provides unusual conditions for music lessons!What unusual times we live in! Having almost the whole world in lockdown certainly creates unique challenges for music teachers, and unique opportunities… many people have more time for practice than they usually...

Upcoming 2020 Summer camp

Registrations are now open for the Suzuki summercamp in Timaru in January 2020 (only 3 months away!). There are also two other summer camps running in the North Island (see here  http://suzuki.org.nz/calendar/). I have taken my children to the annual Timaru summer camp for the past few years and they consider it to be a highlight of the summer calendar. We'll be going again this year and I hope to see some of you there. Earlybird discount closes in a few days (28 Oct) but registrations are open until 17 Nov.

2019 Suzuki Winter Workshop

Over the school holidays we went to the 2019 Christchurch Suzuki Mid-winter Workshop. Here is a summary of that event.

The Nurture Assumption

Reading this book I realised why it is so hard to get a child to practice their instrument if it is just an “at home” thing and (from the child’s point of view) not relevant to life outside. There are many advantages to your child seeing relevance to their music playing. From their point of view, they are more likely to enjoy it and feel motivated and I’m sure this will give you great pleasure to see. Also, from a practical point of view, practice sessions will be easier!


Our kids have both been learning a mixture of violin and piano for the last few years and here you get to see them perform. The Nelson Centre of Music and Arts (NCMA) holds these students concerts once each term, and students are encouraged to perform.