As we all know, the Suzuki approach is about more than simply learning to play the piano. We focus on the development of both character and ability. Suzuki said, “Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”
In the fall of 2018, our Board of Directors and teachers met to develop a new strategic plan, and a resultant goal was to get more involved with the community around us – linking our goals of character and ability development. The idea of community outreach concerts was born!
Keys in Our Community focuses on the idea that we can share music to serve our community and uplift those around us. We’ll offer concerts that will take place in many settings – hospitals, nursing homes and more. Teachers will organize events for their studios or partner with others to offer the outreach concerts. Students will be able to perform pieces from the Suzuki repertoire, duets, or other music they’ve been working on. They’ll share their talents with audiences that may not often have the opportunity to enjoy fine music.
Many of our teachers have already scheduled events, and they are coming up soon! Check with your teacher to find out when your studio takes part in the Keys in Our Community program and look for all of the event listings on the website.
If you have an idea about where we might offer a Keys in Our Community concert, speak with your teacher.