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The Suzuki Method

Dr. Suzuki’s general philosophy intends that the teacher, child, and parents enjoy the learning process.

It was Suzuki’s belief that talent can be developed in any child; while nothing can be done about heredity, much can be done regarding the environment. His method is not just a means of playing an instrument, it is a way of life which will enrich the child in countless ways. Creating professional musicians was not the goal of Shinichi Suzuki. He believed that with the proper environment and educational process and through the medium of music, sensitivity and understanding may be raised in children, creating for each child a better life, and for all, a better world.

 

Shinichi Suzuki


Basics About the Suzuki Method

The Suzuki Talent Education Method


was pioneered in Japan over 60 years ago by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. It is based on the philosophy that all children are born with a high potential for learning. If given the opportunity and a proper environment, any child can learn to play a musical instrument.

 

 

Using the Suzuki Method, students learn to make music in the same manner in which they learn to speak – by listening and imitating.


Children learn to speak by imitating the language they hear in their daily environment. The mother repeats simple words for her baby and provides encouragement as her child successfully imitates the sounds. Such is the case with music. If the child hears an instrument played beautifully and is encouraged by the parents and teacher in a nurturing environment, s/he will learn to play. 

 

 

The goals of the Suzuki Method are to enrich the lives of children by playing a musical instrument and to give each child the satisfaction that comes from the ability to do something well.


The Suzuki Program offers much more than music instruction. It encompasses a philosophy of education that applies to many aspects of a child’s development such as discipline, memory, focus, self-esteem and confidence.

 

 

The success of the Suzuki Method depends upon the participation of the parent as well as the student.


The Suzuki parent is actively involved in the learning process. The parent attends all lessons, supervises listening, and practices with the student each day, making sure the student does as the teacher instructed. The parent is the “home teacher,” giving praise for each effort, so that practice time is a positive experience. Being a successful Suzuki parent does not depend on any previous knowledge of music. The parent is taught step by step how to help the child at home.

 

 

The student listens each day to recordings of the pieces she or he is learning.


In the Suzuki Method, the child begins playing simple pieces prior to learning how to read music. Just as a child learns to speak first and then read, music reading is delayed until the student acquires a level of skill and fluency at the instrument. Until note reading begins, the parent follows the music and teaches the correct fingering (and bowing for stringed instruments) as instructed by the teacher.

 

 

Review is an important component of the Suzuki Method.


Students spend part of each practice session reviewing previously learned material. Here they apply new skills and techniques to pieces they already know, hearing for themselves the progress they have made.

 

 

Group lessons are an essential part of the Suzuki program.


At the group lesson, students have the pleasure of playing together and for one another. Younger students hear the performances of older students and are inspired to work harder in order to play those pieces. With a spirit of cooperation and enthusiasm, the students and parents encourage each other. It is enjoyable to participate in the social aspect of music from the very beginning.

 

 

The use of small sized instruments properly fitted to the child is absolutely necessary, as development of good form and posture is essential.


The teacher aids in selecting instruments and equipment of proper size.

 

 

Dr. Suzuki’s general philosophy intends that the teacher, child, and parents enjoy the learning process.


It was Suzuki’s belief that talent can be developed in any child; while nothing can be done about heredity, much can be done regarding the environment. His method is not just a means of playing an instrument, it is a way of life which will enrich the child in countless ways. Creating professional musicians was not the goal of Shinichi Suzuki. He believed that with the proper environment and educational process and through the medium of music, sensitivity and understanding may be raised in children, creating for each child a better life, and for all, a better world.


Suggested Reading for Parents

- Nurtured by Love, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
- To Learn with Love, Constance and William Starr
- Helping Parents Practice, Edmund Sprunger
- First Class Tips for Suzuki Parents (American Suzuki Journal)