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What's different about the Suzuki method?

While many non-Suzuki programs include some of these elements, a Suzuki program will include all of them.

Parent Involvement

Parents play an active role in their child's learning process. Parents are able to contribute directly to their child's success by creating an enjoyable learning environment, playing the Suzuki recordings at home, attending lessons, acting as the child's practice coach at home, and providing ongoing motivation and encouragement.

Beginning By Ear

Beginning students first learn to play by ear, making it possible to become comfortable with the instrument and focus on playing fluently and musically before learning to read music. Technique and tone production are taught in the context of the pieces from the very beginning. Children begin as young as age four in order to take advantage of the language-development years -- the optimal time for learning the language of music. Learning to play by ear is made possible by immersion listening using recordings of the Suzuki songs.

Belief in the Potential of Every Child

Suzuki teachers believe that musical ability can be developed in all children. Parents entering a Suzuki program do not need to be concerned about whether or not their child has "musical talent." Within the Suzuki community, teachers and parents confidently expect every child to develop the ability to play well. 

Why should I choose the Suzuki method?

The benefits of Suzuki study go beyond musical training! The basic elements of Suzuki philosophy, including the belief in every child's potential and a focus on the development of the whole child, provide many benefits beyond just learning to play an instrument. 

Suzuki teachers share Dr. Suzuki’s goal of not only developing accomplished musicians, but also nurturing loving human beings by guiding the development of each child’s character through the study of music. 

Suzuki programs typically offer group classes, observation of other students, and lots of performance opportunities, which all combine to promote healthy social interaction and the development of self confidence. Children learn about cooperation, generosity, and appreciation for the efforts of others.

Learning is allowed to progress at the child's pace, with emphasis on building a strong foundation and developing skills through careful repetition and review. Some of the benefits of learning in a Suzuki setting include self-discipline, perseverance, and the ability to set and achieve goals--all of which  help set students up for success in all areas of life.

About Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Born in 1898, Shinichi Suzuki was a violinist, educator, philosopher and humanitarian. Suzuki began teaching young children to play the violin using his "Mother Tongue Approach" at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan in 1945. Dr. Suzuki firmly believed that children are not born with talent, but develop talent when the proper learning environment is provided. He modeled his teaching after the way that a child learns to speak: by listening and imitating. 

"Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart." - Shinichi Suzuki

Dr. Suzuki wished to create "fine human beings" through the experience of learning to play a musical instrument. He devoted his life to the development of the method he called Talent Education.

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