Suzuki Method

What is the Suzuki Method?

In The Suzuki Method Children Learn by…

Listening First
All Children learn to speak their native language by listening to the sounds of that language repeated ceaselessly by everyone around them as they grow. Without formal training every child masters this “talent” in a few short years.  Music can be effectively taught in this way because, like spoken language, the primary focus of music is sound.

Imitating Superior Examples
Suzuki teachers take the job of nurturing exceptional ability and good character in every child very seriously.  Wonderful recordings and live performances are encouraged and recommended for daily “musical wallpaper listening”.

Working In Small Steps and Mastering Each One
When a child has learned to do a simple task, that task is repeated and reinforced by the child until it has been fully assimilated. This way the child develops solidly internalized skills, in other words, talents. Likewise, students do not drop one piece in order to learn another. Instead they continue to refine their musical skills and develop new ones through pieces they can easily play.

Working With Parents at Home
Like a growing plant, a child left unattended through his or her critical growing stages will surely develop poorly. Suzuki teachers work closely with parents to prepare them to supervise practice and establish a good home learning environment.

Working With Others
Suzuki emphasizes cooperation and respect over competition. Because all Suzuki students learn the same repertoire, and because they all learn to play well, they can and often do perform together. Suzuki believes this spirit of cooperation will extend beyond music lessons and into the student’s everyday life.

Developing Reading Skills
One of the goals of music education is producing young musicians who are musically literate. The Suzuki method develops musical literacy within the child as easily and naturally as the mother tongue (native language). Reading, writing, and creative skills are developed when the basic skills are firmly established.

 

Although many of my students are not at a young age (3-5 years), I still believe that when we are learning a new language (including the language of a new musical instrument), the Suzuki Method is an amazing learning method.  I use it on myself in my daily routine… and I’m getting kind of old. :)


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