"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."
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
Sometimes referred to as the Suzuki Triangle of teacher, parent and child, the parent attends their child’s weekly violin lesson, takes notes and becomes the child’s in home coach for daily practice sessions. This triangle allows children as early as 4 or 5 to begin violin lessons.
My preferred teaching methodology is the Suzuki approach as it best aligns with the creation of an enjoyable and supportive musical environment that meets with my philosophy and teaching goals.
The Suzuki Method of Talent Education has been and is widely used in violin studios and conservatories around the world. Interestingly, a majority of today's conservatory students, concert artists, and, professional musicians started their instruction within a Suzuki styled teaching environment.
Fifty years ago, the Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. Applying the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, he referred to his method as the mother-tongue approach or Talent Education.
The method's guiding philosophy advocates that "every child has ability" and seeks to establish a learning environment which will encourage any child to become a happy, loving and talented human being.
How does Talent Education differ from other methods of teaching music to children?
The four basic principles of Suzuki’s teaching methods are: