About the Suzuki Method of Talent Education

I find the Suzuki Method to be a wonderful, life-giving teaching philosophy! Its core principles include...

  • A strong belief that talent is not inborn; rather, it is developed in a supportive environment through focused work and high-quality repetition.
  • Students are immersed in music through repeated listening to the recordings; they learn to play by ear at first and read music a bit later.
  • Students typically start lessons at a young age - however, I've started many older beginners successfully!
  • Parental involvement and support is crucial, especially during the beginning stages of study. Music becomes a way you spend quality, intentional time with your child.
  • Students have both individual and group lessons.
  • A high value of character development. I don't just want my students to learn music; I want them to become more compassionate, cooperative, hard-working people.
  • A sequential repertoire that all students learn and continuously review. The early Suzuki pieces, when studied correctly, contain most of the technique you need to play the violin well. I incorporate scales from the beginning and add selected etudes in when students are playing at an intermediate level.

Links

excellent article comparing Suzuki method with "traditional" pedagogy is here

Suzuki Association of America - info for parents

About Dr. Suzuki