What is the Suzuki method?

The Suzuki method, also called the Mother Tongue method. 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.

The emphasis is on continuous exposure to music, repetition of lesson material, combination of individual and group lessons, playful elements in lessons and home practice, and active parental involvement.

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.


The most important thing I value in the Suzuki method is that by observing and listening to music everyday any child can learn. There is a lot of emphasis on parents' contribution towards their child’s training, making the entire family more involved in the learning process. It helps the child learn in a comfortable and happy environment with lots of confidence and strength.

Sirisha, mother of student, age 6

The Suzuki method is not just a teaching method for the student but an experience for the whole family. The parents are as involved as the teacher and the student, and there is a sense of responsibility and achievement for the entire family. Right from the process of preparing for an upcoming concert to being part of clapping lessons, it’s a transformational experience for the whole family.

Chandra, father of student, age 6

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