An Introduction to the Suzuki Method
What Makes the Suzuki Method so different?
The Suzuki Method works for students of all ages and abilities. The Suzuki method has the best success according to the following:
- Instruction begins between the ages of 4-7
- Child/Parent/Teacher are equal members of the 'Suzuki Triangle'
- Parents are "home teachers," guiding home practice on a daily basis
- Parents learn basic playing skills
- Children learn music the same way they learn language--through listening
- Listening, imitation and positive reinforcement
- Listening to repertoire on a daily basis is essential
- Chosen to teach technique within the context of folk and classical music
- Dr. Suzuki spent 10 years putting the Suzuki repertoire in its pedagogical order
- All students learn the same pieces in the same order
- Motivates younger children
- Allows more advanced children to act as role models and leaders
- Memorization and mastery of skills required for advancement
- Weekly private lessons
- Weekly group lessons
- Children receive individual instruction on posture, technique, musicianship and tone
- Children learn to read after they learn to speak
- Students learn to read music once they have internalized the basics. In this way, posture, technique, tone and intonation are not compromised. Especially given that attention will shift toward reading.
- Basic foundational reading skills and strategies are present from the beginning
- Gain confidence through frequent performance in groups and as soloists