Children learn to read after their ability to talk has been well established. In the same way, children should develop basic technical competence on the piano before being taught to read music. A common misconception is that Suzuki students never learn how to read music, but that is just not true. Students first learn to play a piece beautifully, and then are shown what they already know how to play in the books. From there, they have a foundation for what their mind already knows and what their hands know how to play to learn how to read music as well. This gives students freedom to be able to play pieces from music later, but also be able to play the repertoire without relying so much on the music.