About the Suzuki Method of Talent Education

The Suzuki Method's core principles include...

  • A strong belief that talent is not inborn; rather, it is developed through hard work in a supportive environment.
  • Students listen to their repertoire daily, learn to play by ear at first and read music a bit later, typically when their violin technique is stable and they can read well at school.
  • Students often start lessons at a young age, like 3-6. However, I've started many older beginners successfully, and modify my approach accordingly.
  • Parents support student learning by attending lessons until their student is in middle school and practicing with them daily at home. You're giving your child a gift by spending quality, intentional time with him or her.
  • Students have both individual and group lessons, and they're equally important.
  • Valuing character development. I want my students to become compassionate, cooperative, hard-workers.
  • 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. By Book 4, all students are playing three-octave scales, shifting etudes, and other etudes. After Book 4, I incorporate a lot more repertoire from outside the Suzuki Books.


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

Suzuki Association of America - info for parents

About Dr. Suzuki