About The Suzuki Method

Shinichi Suzuki was born in Nagoya Japan in October 1898 and worked to help all children develop their talent for 99 years before passing away in January 1998. Suzukiā was the son of the founder of the largest violin factory in the world. As a young man he spent 8 years studying the violin in Germany where he met and married his wife, who became instrumental in translating all of Suzuki's writings. Upon returning from Germany he helped organize the Suzuki String Quartet with his brothers.

It was at this time that a father brought his young son to Suzuki and asked that he teach the four-year-old boy to play the violin. Suzuki began to think how he might teach such a a young child to play a musical instrument. He was struck by the thought that all children learn to speak their native language, so all children have the potential to learn to play just as they learned to speak. This was the beginning of the Suzuki Mother Tongue Method. Suzuki students are immersed in the music they are learning by hearing recordings played over and over in their environment by their parents. It is comparable to a young child learning to speak by being immersed in his native language. Learning music from listening, which is called "learning by ear," is the most natural way of learning music and is a highly effective way for young children to learn.

Suzuki realized that children would progress more rapidly if parents are able and willing to play the recordings and assist their child in daily practice. Thus the role of the Suzuki parent was defined. There are many extraordinary aspects to the Suzuki Method, but the two most distinctive characteristics of the method are that very young children are taught to play by ear with proper technique and beautiful tone from early on because their parents help them practice on a daily basis. Thousands of parents and children all over the world have benefited from the Suzuki experience.

 

A Group of Jeanne's Piano Students

Second from Right in group photo Jodie preparing for her Senior Recital. She is currently working on a Phd in Microbiology.

Third from left in group photo,
Paul is shown all grown up.
Paul has a Master of Music degree and is a full time Suzuki teacher.

Two of the most important fundamental principles of the Suzuki Method are:

  • All children have talent.

  • Talent is not inborn, but developed in the environment.

Suzuki students are never tested to see if they have talent before they are taken into a program. Suzuki teachers assume all children have the capacity to learn to play their instrument at a very high level if they are raised in a nurturing and stimulating environment by parents who assist in the learning process.


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