About Suzuki

groupfloorcirclepg_000 “Where love is deep, much will be accomplished.”  — Shinichi Suzuki

We embrace the Suzuki philosophy in all of our teaching.  We are committed to Shinichi Suzuki’s belief that every child can learn.  We believe that the study of music through the Suzuki approach helps develop the whole child.

Suzuki’s goal was not to produce professional musicians but to help young students grow into happy, loving, inquisitive adults who appreciate the art and beauty in their lives.

If students eventually choose to pursue a career in music we are prepared to help them achieve that goal, but our primary desire is for everyone involved to enjoy the everyday process of learning.

The Suzuki Method is not just a way to learn notes, or music, or an instrument; it is a whole-child approach to building ability that enhances personal potential.  Young children learn with teacher and parent the skills that improve their listening, coordination, judgment, reasoning, confidence, spatial thinking, math skills, cooperation, and more.

Suzuki believed that every child has talent.

He realized that every Japanese child was able to master the complexities of spoken language, including the subtle nuances of accent and dialect, at a very early age. He recognized that the way a child learns his/her “Mother Tongue”, by “ability breeding ability” through thoughtful and careful repetition, could be applied to the study of music.

He knew that the beauty and aesthetic of the art and the discipline of the technique could be internalized the same way language is internalized, and that this internalization is accomplished with positive reinforcement and love. Suzuki speaks of putting “incentive and joy” into practice. The child can be motivated by praising the things s/he does well. A positive environment for practice must be created. Suzuki writes: “Develop ability from what the child can already do and that ability will promote the happiness of doing things better and better”.

Suzuki outlines these conditions for developing ability:beginninggroup_000

1. Begin as early as possible
2. Create the best possible environment
3. Use the finest teaching method
4. Provide a great deal of training
5. Use the finest teachers He warns that a child will develop “exactly in the way he is taught”, which is why the best possible method and teachers are necessary.

The parent is an active participant in the education of the child. Suzuki believed in the nurturing ability of the parent to affect their child’s learning. The teacher and the parent effectively from the bottom corners of a triangle, supporting the child at the apex. The parent is at all lessons and performs the role of a home-teacher. Parents are closely involved from the very beginning. The parent is with the child every day to provide the constant repetition and loving attention necessary for development. Suzuki felt strongly that the ultimate responsibility for education is in the home.

It is not necessary for the parent to have any previous musical training.

As in language learning, listening is the primary avenue of learning music.

We use a careful step-by-step process of mastering the instrument.

Music reading is introduced only after listening and playing skills are established. Our parallel curriculum of music reading prepares the students for advanced study.

Repertoire is reviewed regularly. Constant review of previously learned concepts are necessary for mastery of music, just as constant review of previously learned words are necessary for mastery of language.

Group activity is an important part of the Suzuki method and philosophy. The students learn in a cooperative group setting and gain social and leadership skills through frequent performance. The style and technique of the more advanced students will be assimilated by the newer children.

Co-operation is an element of the philosophy. Suzuki believed that each student learns best at his/her own pace, and that children learn best in a non-competitive, supportive environment.

Suzuki thought of his method not just as a way of teaching music, but as a way of teaching learning, beauty and life: “Teaching intonation and teaching technique will never be more that a method. We are burning with a deeper mission that we must do something for the future”

For more information about the Suzuki Method, visit The Suzuki Association of the Americas