What is the Suzuki Method?
The “Suzuki Method” is a way to teach even the very youngest child how to play a musical instrument. Called “Talent Education” by its founder, Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998), the method is based upon the belief that man is a product of his environment and that every child is capable of being developed to their fullest potential, just as they are capable of learning to speak their own language.
How Does the Suzuki Method Work?
Parents attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week.
It is critical to develop the ear through listening to music every day.
Pieces in the Suzuki repertoire are designed to present technical problems to be learned within the context of the music.
Constant repetition and the polishing of repertoire is essential in learning to play an instrument.
Basic technique on the instrument is developed prior to reading music while playing.
In addition to private lessons, children participate in regular group lessons and performance.
The child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement.
The earlier, the better: early years are crucial for brain development and muscle coordination.
What Are the Benefits of Learning to Play an Instrument with the Suzuki Method?
- Listening Skills
- Language Skills
- Math Skills
- Fine Motor Coordination
- Emotional Balance
- Academic Skills & Testing
- Problem Solving Abilities
- Conceptual Understanding
Fosters Close Parent/Child Relationship
- Creates opportunity for bonding by having the parent set aside time each day just for the child.
- Learning how to bring out the best in our children gives us opportunity to learn how to bring out the best in ourselves.
- Creates memories that can be shared for a lifetime.
- Learning pieces by heart helps develop strong short and long-term memory.
- Learning how to control our movements both in how to make a beautiful tone as well as how to control our impulses in order not to make a sound.
- Learning how to start, organize, plan ahead and follow through with practice and performance.
- Developing the ear to really listen, pay attention and hear what is played in order to be able to play it back or play with others.
- Learning how to play well with others, especially through a shared repertoire.
What Does the Research Say?
- Musical Training Affects Brain Development in Young Children (Research using Suzuki trained children shows that over the course of a year, the children studying Suzuki showed more improvement than those who did not study a musical instrument on non-musical abilities such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics, & IQ.)