Suzuki Method Explained

More than 50 years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized that children the world over, learn to speak their native language with ease. He began applying this same principle of language acquisition, to the learning of music. He called this method, “the mother tongue” approach. And the Suzuki method was born.

Learning through listening, constant repetition and encouragement are the key pillars in the Suzuki method.

Getting an Early Start

The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle strength. Listening to music should begin from the very earliest years and formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin! Beginners of all ages can learn and grow through the Suzuki method.

Parental Involvement

Just as when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. Parents attend lessons with their child and serve as “home teachers” during the week.  Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment and help their children to grow and progress through music.

Don’t worry parents, you don’t have to be an expert!

Students of Suzuki

As a Suzuki student you will not only learn how to play your violin, but how to enjoy playing and become a well rounded violinist. Working through repertoire in each book and exploring the music while building technical skills and general musicianship are part of every lesson.

Learning by Ear

Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Listening to music is the same principle and is part of the daily practice routine. Listening every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child knows them immediately.

A Positive Environment

Just as with a language, the child’s effort to learn violin should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered confidently. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts through group playing and recitals, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.
Shinichi Suzuki

"Practice only on the days you eat."


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