Suzuki Instrumental Program

Violin • Viola • Cello • Piano • Guitar

"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. He developed his method based on the idea of "talent education," a belief that is grounded by the premise that talent is something that can be developed in any child. 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. However, it's never too late to begin!!

  • Listening Daily listening allows music to take shape within the mind of the child in the same way that immersion in an environment where language is spoken is essential for language acquisition.   

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

  • Encouragement A supportive and encouraging environment for learning allows children to develop confidence and experience joy through learning. Children 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 weekly group classes in addition to their private lesson. 

  • Graded Repertoire Students learn a series of musical pieces that are carefully selected to 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. 

Getting Started with Suzuki lessons 

  1. Complete the Private Lesson Inquiry Form

  2. We will contact you to schedule two observation lessons at MSSC. During the observation you and your child will quietly observe another child's lesson or a group class. 

  3. Complete the Suzuki Parent Questionnaire.

  4. Complete the MSSC Student Registration Form