“Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited” – Shinichi Suzuki
Teach children to play instruments using the teaching philosophy of Dr. Suzuki at The best music studios near you. Develop their love and respect for music, build confidence, and self-discipline. Involve parents, students, and teachers in utilizing the learning triangle, which fosters cooperation, generosity, and a love of music.
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Shinichi Suzuki created a philosophy that promoted advanced performance ability while helping children develop a beautiful tone in a nurturing environment. Suzuki’s lifelong goal was to help all children become better people, for themselves and society. Dr. Suzuki coined the term “the mother-tongue method” based on his observations of language acquisition. He believed that every child had the potential to learn when nurtured.
Concepts of the Suzuki Method
Parents are expected to attend private lessons and group classes with their child in addition to serving as “at-home teachers”. Parents will often learn to play the instrument before the child, so an understanding is reached as to what is expected of the child. Parents and teachers will work together to create an enjoyable learning environment.
- Early Beginning
Children learn at their own rate, both parent and teacher will nurture their efforts. Suzuki Method focuses on building small steps so that each one can be mastered. Developing muscle coordination and mental processes in a child’s early years are crucial. A child should begin listening to music at birth; formal training can start at age three or four. It is NEVER too late to begin!
During private lessons, the Suzuki Triangle is formed. This triangle consists of the child, teacher, and parent working together to help the child advance. The teacher provides the lessons and gives helpful instructions to help the child and parent. The parent is the “at-home teacher” and makes sure that the child practices the concepts and adheres to the guidelines of the instructor. Don’t let this be intimidating; you can succeed without being a musician! Be sure to set aside practice time and stick to it
Graded Repertoire and Listening
Variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” are the first pieces a beginning Suzuki child learns. The Suzuki Method records professional musicians playing the repertoire, and a key element of the philosophy is that the parent and child listen to these pieces daily. Dr. Suzuki arranged the sequence of eight books so that each piece builds on techniques from the previous piece. Throughout the progression of the literature, technique, and musicality increase, and the student is challenged by each piece that is studied.
According to Dr. Suzuki, repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. When learning, new concepts are stored and then used later; the same has to be done with music.