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What is the Suzuki Method

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"I want to make good citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart."

— Shinichi Suzuki

The Suzuki Method is an internationally recognized educational philosophy developed by Japanese violinist, Shinichi Suzuki based on the idea of "talent education," - the belief that talent is learned, not something only some people are born with. His assertion that "Every Child Can" is based on his conviction that children learn best when the approach to education mirrors how a child naturally learns to speak his or her native language, or mother-tongue. The elements of The Suzuki method are centered around this core philosophy. These elements include:

  • Parent Involvement Suzuki parents serve as their child's "home teacher," attending all lessons and group classes and guiding their child during home practice. 

  • Early Beginning While formal training may begin as early as three or four years old, a child's music development essentially begins before birth! The early years are crucial for developing coordination and auditory skills. While current research has confirmed the power of early music exposure for children, not to worry, it's never too late to begin music lessons!

  • Listening Daily listening allows music to take shape within the mind of the child. 

  • Repetition Children naturally learn through repetition. Dr. Suzuki said, "Knowledge is not a skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is a skill."

  • Encouragement  Children learn best and develop confidence in a supportive and encouraging environment. Suzuki students master skills one small step at a time. 

  • Learning with other Children Music is a language! It is meant to be spoken and shared with others. All Suzuki students attend monthly group classes in addition to their private lesson. 

  • Graded Repertoire Students learn a series of musical pieces that are carefully selected.  The songs we study gradually introduce and reinforce the necessary skills required to master playing an instrument. They learn by playing beautiful music right from the start! 

  • Delayed Reading Following the mother-tongue model, note reading is taught after a child has achieved a level of basic competency on their instrument, This is similar to how children naturally learn to speak before learning to read. 

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