about the suzuki Method

The Suzuki Method was developed in the 20th century by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.  He observed that all children learn to speak their native language by imitating and repeating their parents.  Building on this observation, three areas of the method were developed: A philosophy, a curriculum and techniques.

Philosophy

  • Every Child Can Learn

  • Creating an environment where children can succeed

  • Using the Method as a tool to create good human beings rather than train professional musicians

 

 

 

Curriculum

  • The 10 volumes of the Suzuki Method are a set of well thought out musical pieces.

  • Skills are added little by little and refined while learning good music rather than dry exercises.  Students start with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and end with a Mozart Concerto.

  • All Suzuki students play the same repertoire which is great for learning how to play together in group class.

Techniques

  • The Suzuki Triangle – Student, Parent and Teacher working together toward a common goal

  • Parental Involvement/Parent as the home teacher

  • Delaying Note Reading – the eyes are free to look at what the hands are doing rather than deciphering symbols on a page

  • Listening to recordings of music being learned and that have been learned.

  • Imitating the Recording – Learning how to choose notes with listening games

  • Stressing the importance of review and repetition to build up skill level.

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”

                                                                                 - Shinichi Suzuki

 

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