What is the Suzuki Method?

from the Suzuki Association of the Americas:

“More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.” more from the SAA

The Suzuki Method is based on the belief that every child can learn to make music. Children learn first by listening, just as they learn their first language.  Parents are involved daily in the at-home practicing.  Children learn new skills through review of learned pieces.  Since children learn so much from one another, both the individual lesson and a group class are a part of the weekly experience. An encouraging and nurturing environment is present to help students develop. But most of all, music is a means to developing fine human beings – as Suzuki said, “Character first, ability second.”

“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

More information about the Suzuki Method can be found on the Suzuki Association of the Americas’ website.