What is the Suzuki method?
The Suzuki method, also called the Mother Tongue method, is designed for children from age 4. The main tenet of the method is that “every child has talent.” Talent is developed by providing an environment that helps the child reach his or her full potential.
How does it work?
This method was developed in the mid 20th century by the violinist and pedagogue, Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998). Dr. Suzuki was amazed by how easily children learn to speak, and eventually read, their mother tongue language fluently and with relative ease. He found a way to apply the principles of language acquisition to learning the violin. This approach is now one of the most widely used forms of music education in the world.
What are the basic principles?
- Every child can learn in a positive and nurturing environment.
- Parents play an active role in lessons and home practice.
- Listening to music daily.
- Learning to play the instrument first, then associating sounds with symbols.
- Producing a beautiful tone in a balanced and natural way.
- Learn, master, and celebrate small steps.
- Social interaction through group lessons and concerts.