Suzuki In the Studio
As stated before, Dr. Suzuki developed a method of learning to play music by listening to and mimicking, much like we do as children learning our native language.
Use the links to the left or scroll through this page get a better understanding of The Suzuki Method and please reach out to me if you have any additional questions or if you are interested in lesson availability.
Every Child Can Learn
Dr. Suzuki's 'Mother Tongue' method stems from the ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition and the things listed below, will help provide a stable foundation and environment for your child to learn and grow.
The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin.
Learning with Others
In addition to private lessons, children participate in regular group lessons and performance at wich they learn from and are motivated by each other.
Constant repetition is essential in learning to plan an instrument. Children do not learn a word or piece of music and then discard it. They add it to their vocabulary or repertoire, gradually using it in new and more sophisticated ways.
Pieces in the Suzuki repertoire are designed to present technical problems to be learned in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises.
A child's effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at their own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered.
Children learn to read after the ability to talk is established. In the same way children should develop basic technical competence on their instruments before being taught to read.
Every Child Can, but Can Every Parent...
Parents have many concerns when it comes to their children learning an instrument. Is it too early? Is it too late? I don't know anything about the violin or viola. And my personal favorite, "This is their thing, I want them to do this on their own".
The short answer is, YES, every child can and so can every parent. Parents, you are a part of the Student/Teacher/Parent triangle. Each member has an important role in your child's progression. The Suzuki method emphasizes the growth of your child as a human being and not just a musician. Learning to work together at home helps strengthen relations ships and help your child with communication.
Click the link below to read articles for parents from other Suzuki teachers and parents. Check this section for free parent events that take place during the year.
The Suzuki Triangle
The Suzuki Triangle is about a team approach to learning. All parts are needed for successful progression.
-The Student, while excited to learn, needs clear and a structured environment to succeed.
-The Teacher oversees the progress. Checking on technique, and making sure students and parents have clear goals for each week.
-The Parent needs to be present in the lessons. Taking notes and actively listening for key words being used by the teacher during an exercise. Be sure to ask questions at the end of the lesson to make sure you have everything you need to keep the learning process going throughout the week.