Suzuki Method

THE SUZUKI METHOD

 The Suzuki Method or “Mother Tongue approach” to learning a musical instrument was developed

over fifty years ago by Sinichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist who wished to make people better and

happier citizens through music. Watching children learn to speak their mother tongue by constant

listening and repetition, without apparent effort, convinced him that he could apply similar methods to

learning to play music. And he was right! His system of musical philosophy works beautifully.

 

Two fundamental beliefs underpin the Suzuki Method :


  • All children have talent
  •  Talent is not inborn, but developed in a nurturing environment

 Based on these two principals, children are never tested to see it they have talent before they are

accepted into the program. Suzuki teachers believe that all children can learn to play an instrument at

their highest potential if they are raised in a supportive and nurturing environment where the Teacher-

Parent-Child triangle works harmoniously.

 

Some benefits of the Suzuki Method include:

  •  Beginning to learn an instrument at an early age
  •  Learning a large repertoire
  •  Developing beautiful tone

 Children practicing the Suzuki Method develop the following abilities and carry them into all

aspects of their lives:

  •  The ability to listen
  •  The ability to observe and imitate
  •  The ability to memorize
  •  The ability to concentrate
  •  The ability to perform
  •  The ability to be disciplined
  •  The ability to persevere
  •  The abilities of the heart

 

 

AT THE LESSON

 Parents are active participants at the child's lesson. They have to listen, observe, and take notes so that

they can be an effective coach at home. The teacher will teach and show them how to practice with

their child effectively at home.

 

 

 AT HOME

 A child who learns an instrument through the Suzuki Method must listen to the CD that comes with the

book every day. The more the better! It is essential to the whole process that with parental support, a

child practices music every day. Repeating the pieces he/she is learning helps improve tone, technique

and musicality, while constantly expanding their repertoire with the new one.

 

 

THE SUZUKI 'TRIANGLE'

 The Teacher, Parent, and Child form a crucial triangle – all three must work in harmony to develop the child’s fullest ability:

  •  Teacher – provides the instruction at the lesson and all the needed information and

encouragement to both child and parent.

  •  Parent - ensures that the child listens to the CD every day, spends time practicing with him/her

on a regular basis, and offers a nurturing environment that focuses on developing the child’s

desire to play

  •  Child – practices, plays, learns, and enjoys