The Suzuki Method
All of our programs are founded on the teachings and ideas of Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki.
The Mother Tongue Method
Dr. Suzuki founded his method on the idea that every child, without exception, speaks her mother tongue. This is true in the United States as it is in Japan; no matter how complex or subtle a language’s dialect is. From that point, he believed in the innate potential of every human being and modeled every aspect of his method on this Language Learning Approach.
Every child has great potential for learning. Each child has the ability to learn music as she is able to learn her native language.
Suzuki teachers capitalize on children’s natural learning ability by beginning instruction early. From current research, we are learning that musical ability starts from prenatal development. Just as it is harder to learn a second language when older, other learning is more difficult the older we become.
Parents, Teacher and Student form a triangle of relationships to create a successful learning team. Parents are involved in lessons and serve as home teachers for their children.
Children learn best in a nurturing and positive environment. Many of the ways that Suzuki teachers present learning activities is through the use of games and stories. While this might seem childish and frivolous to the outside observer, Suzuki teachers and parents understand these activities to contain many opportunities for children to learn in a fun way.
Develop Sensitivity, then Ability.
Suzuki believed that if he taught a student to be sensitive to the beauty and subtlety of music, that she would transfer that sensitivity to beauty in other aspects of her life. In the method, we develop students’ sensitivity to the quality of their sound and musicality, then we help them develop the ability to achieve it.
Knowledge + 10,000 repetitions = Ability
Repetition and Diligence are the key to complete mastery.
Daily practice and diligence are important for students to succeed in this method.
Listening is the primary means through which we learn language and music. As Suzuki teachers, we do not teach students the pieces. Rather, they internalize and audiate pieces through listening at home, and our job is to help them figure out the skills needed to perform what their inner musician desires.
Students learn at their own rates. Just as we would not force a child to walk when they approach a certain age, we cannot set learning expectations in a schedule. Suzuki instruction is personal to a child’s individual needs. We never teach pieces to one child the same way as we would to another.
The goal of SSOA is to create a cooperative and nurturing community of teachers, students, and families. We all share in the learning process together and support one another without competition.
For More Information, go to the Suzuki Association website.