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. – Shinichi Suzuki
The mastery of any musical instrument requires a strong commitment, and the violin is no exception. The Suzuki Method, founded by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, has the distinct advantage of starting children early when they are most receptive to learning a language. At the same time their motor skills are developing, they will acquire many more important skills with the help of the teacher, the parent, and the opportunity to learn with other children.
The Suzuki Philosopy is based on the fundamental principal that Every Child Can Learn. Just as every child learns his own language, every child can learn to play an instrument. Suzuki also says that “Man is the son of his environment,” emphasizing the importance of providing a loving and conducive atmosphere for learning. This would mean finding an inspiring and excellent teacher to mentor the child, but moreover to provide the necessary positive parental support, from listening to great music together to comfortable and supportive practice time at home, supervised by the parent. This is what is meant by the Suzuki Triangle Relationship of the teacher, the parent, and the child. Parents are an integral part of each lesson, and serve as the teacher at home. This ideal fosters a family commitment of listening, practice, and attending lessons and concerts. It is an activity you can look forward to sharing with your child. The parent actually has a hands on experience with the violin as well, and learns to play the violin along with the child in the early stages, giving them the skill and confidence they need to be the teacher at home.
Suzuki teachers are trained to break down larger concepts into small progressive steps, creating the desired results for student success!
Your child will learn much more than just music. Practice of a musical instrument at an early age develops discipline, co-ordination, awareness, sensitivity, integration of right and left brain, listening skills, and an appreciation and enjoyment of music.
Shinichi Suzuki was a violinist, educator, philosopher, and humanitarian. He was a profound influence in music education in his own country and throughout the world. For more detailed information about the Suzuki Method, please visit the official website for the Suzuki Association of the Americas.