In January 2019, Alfred Publishing released a new publication specifically designed for Suzuki Piano students. Merlin B. Thompson created PLAY & READ to introduce Suzuki Piano students to the music reading process. PLAY & READ builds on Suzuki Piano students’ experience of playing their Volume 1 repertoire. Each of the six lessons in PLAY & READ is based on a Volume 1 selection. What’s remarkable about PLAY & READ is that students learn to “read by ear”. That means students know what each bar sounds like before they play it and they read in groups of notes rather than one note at a time, similar to the way reading words relies on reading groups of letters rather than one letter at a time. Students are encouraged to sing, say, and write throughout PLAY & READ as a way of getting them holistically involved in the reading process. PLAY & READ has received glowing support from Suzuki Piano teachers all across Canada. It is available directly through Alfred Publishing’s website and also through your local music dealer.