Classical piano, classical violin
Trained as a Suzuki piano and Suzuki violin teacher
Katie has played piano and violin since childhood and has taught music to children on and off since she was a teenager.
Skills and expertise
Katie Dey teaches piano and violin by the Suzuki method to students aged 3 years to adult. She teaches using a combination of online and in-person lessons through her website www.katiesuzukimusic.com. Work through the video lessons at home and check how you (or your child) is going by either uploading a video for Katie to watch or booking a lesson (either online using a webcam or in-person in Motueka).
The Suzuki method (also known as the “mother tongue method”) is based on the way that children pick up their native language and involves learning initially by ear. A CD of simple music is played at home in the background every day, so that the student is surrounded by the music that they will learn to play. As they learn, they are encouraged to pick out the pieces on the CD by ear and by copying the video lessons (and the parent if relevant). Parental involvement is an important component of the method.
Katie also runs children’s group classes in Nelson to catch up with students in person and to give them the experience and motivation of playing music as part of a group. She also runs regular students’ concerts to give students experience at playing for an audience in an informal setting.