The Suzuki Method
The Suzuki Method was conceived in the mid-20th century by Shin'ichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist who desired to bring some beauty to the lives of children in his country after the devastation of World War II. As a skilled violinist but a beginner at the German language who struggled to learn it, Suzuki noticed that all children pick up their native language quickly, and even dialects which adults consider "difficult" to learn are spoken with ease by people of 5 or 6 years. He reasoned that if children have the skill to acquire their mother tongue, then they have the necessary ability to become proficient on a musical instrument.
The Suzuki method is wonderful for young children because parents take an active role during the first stages of learning. It is a strong foundation for intermediate and advanced students and further study outside of the Suzuki repertoire. Infact, many popular performers today were Suzuki children.
In practice Suzuki families commit to doing a daily practice led by the parent and modelled after a weekly lesson with a qualified Suzuki teacher. Children listen to a recording of the pieces they will learn each day, and initially learn by ear, learning to read music after they have begun the study of music and their instrument.
Suzuki education aims to make the building blocks of excellent performance available to each student, in their own time and to build ability. Suzuki families and teachers contribute to a positive and nurturing environment where music is part of daily life and a larger community.
It is vital that prospective parents understand the philosophical basis of the teaching method that they have chosen for their child, in this case the Suzuki method. We therefore feel that all parents should read "Nurtured by Love" and/or "Ability Development from age Zero" by Shinichi Suzuki.
Books are available from the British Suzuki Institute Book Shop, tel 020 3176 4172, Mon-Fri. You may also find them in your local library or available to order online.
You can also read more about the Suzuki method here.
If you think learning with us under the Suzuki method interests you, the next steps are to observe with us.