The Suzuki Method
The Suzuki Method is an approach to music instruction that is built on the philosophy that children can learn to play an instrument in the same way that they learn to speak a language: by listening, imitation, and repetition, in a nurturing-yet-challenging environment. The Suzuki Method is unique in the fact that it gives both parent and child an opportunity to enjoy learning music together. Suzuki students begin to develop their music ability through familiar folk songs. Suzuki learning fosters cooperation, discipline, and excellence through the joy of making music. Families are encouraged to celebrate every accomplishment no matter the size. Shinichi Suzuki was a violinist, educator, philosopher, and humanitarian. He has had a profound influence on music education throughout the world. Suzuki based his approach on the belief that, "Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.” Children learn to speak before they learn to read. Students learn to play with good tone, posture, and musical technique before learning the musical symbols for the sounds that they can produce.