The Suzuki Method
The Suzuki approach deals with much more than teaching a child how to play an instrument. It seeks to develop the whole child, to help unfold his/her natural potential to learn, and to find the joy that comes through music making. Some of the basic principles of the Suzuki approach are:
Develop the full potential of every child through proper training and a positive learning environment.
Begin as early as possible. Formal training may be started by age 3, but it is never too late to learn.
Move in small steps, thereby building confidence and enthusiasm for learning.
Parent attendance at all lessons and supervision of daily home practice time.
Daily listening to recordings of the Suzuki repertoire. This approach derives from the way children learn to speak their native language.
Postpone music reading until the child’s aural and instrumental skills are well established.
Follow the Suzuki repertory sequence, so that each piece becomes a building block for the development of technique.
Create in lessons and home practice an enjoyable learning environment.
Participate in group classes, providing an important motivating activity.
Foster an attitude among students of cooperation not competition.
For further information about the Suzuki Method, visit the Suzuki Association of the Americas.