The Suzuki Method
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (Oct 17, 1898 – Jan 26, 1998) was
a violinist, educator, philosopher, and humanitarian.
He believed that the potential of all children can be
highly developed if they are given the proper training
and learning environment.
All over the world, children learn to speak their native language with ease because they are surrounded by the sound of their mother tongue from the time they are born. The Suzuki Method applies the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music.
The mother-tongue approach includes aspects such as listening, step by step mastery, observation, repetition, group activity, delayed reading (at least until the child is comfortable with the instrument), and parental involvement. The Suzuki Method is also all about encouragement, love and support.
There are numerous positive studies on the relationship between early music education and academic development. Musical education and the Suzuki Method help to develop excellent memory skills, listening and practice habits. The Suzuki Method builds confidence, concentration, discipline and self-motivation. The Suzuki Triangle (teacher, parent and student), based on care , love, encouragement and praise, helps to build a strong sense of self esteem. Dr. Suzuki never tired of saying of how adults should appreciate the privilege of helping their children to become "fine human beings with beautiful minds and high sensitivity."