What is the purpose of piano lessons?
Esther Oosterhouse loves making the piano fun for children using the Suzuki method! Just as all children learn to speak their native language fluently, the Suzuki method helps children learn music the same way. Esther wants to help parents foster a beautiful character in their children. By learning to believe in themselves and to work hard to achieve their goals, children gain confidence and a wonderful work ethic that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. And along the way, they learn to play the beautiful music they love.
"Where love is deep, much can be accomplished."
Esther Oosterhouse has been teaching Suzuki piano lessons in Grand Rapids for 10+ years and is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, of which she is a lifetime member. Being an active member of Grand Rapids Musicians' League, her piano students gain the experience of performing in the Music Clubs and learning from professional guest musicians. Her students also have the opportunity to participate in NFMC Festival and earn points toward trophies. As a member of the Music Teachers' National Association, the Michigan Music Teachers' Association, and the Piano Teachers' Forum of Grand Rapids, Esther has a collaborative relationship with other piano teachers that inspires her to find new ways to creatively engage her students. She is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs and also serves as Michigan State Festival Cup Chairman. Additionally, Esther serves as Co-Chair of the Festival committee for Grand Rapids Musicians' League NFMC Festival.
Growing up, Esther studied Suzuki piano through high school and then went on to study piano with Dr. Sookkyung Cho at Grand Valley State University. She also earned a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from GVSU under the instruction of Dr. Helen Marlais. She has taken teacher training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is a registered Suzuki Piano Teacher.