What is the Suzuki Method?
founder of the Suzuki Method, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, believed that every
child has the ability to develop musical sensibilities.
- The Suzuki Method is a philosophy of teaching incorporating the parent, child and instructor into a nurturing and supportive environment, enabling each child to excel.
Suzuki Method seeks to develop the whole child, developing his/her
natural potential to learn and become a good and happy person. The
purpose is not to produce musical prodigies but to help every child to
find the joy that comes from making music.
- Dr. Suzuki was a violinist and consequently the Suzuki Method was first used to instruct students on how to play the violin. In the early 1970's flutist Toshio Takahashi was asked by Dr. Suzuki to develop the Suzuki Flute Method. Mr.Takahashi previously studied musical expression with Dr. Suzuki and studied overseas with Marcel Moyse, Pablo Casals and many other great teachers of the day.
How does it work?
- Listening: Students listen to CDs of the pieces they are learning daily, learning by familiarity from a correct model. Students should also listen to recordings and attend performances of professional artists.
- Memory: All music is memorized so that skill becomes highly developed. Instruction is by ear until the child is ready to read music.
- Repetition: Students constantly review and polish pieces that have already been learned, strengthening memory, technical skill, and musical expression.
- Step-by-Step Mastery: Each skill is broken down into the smallest unit to be mastered before continuing to next skill.
- Positive Environment and Praise: Teacher and parent will work together to encourage the child, building confidence and self-esteem, making lessons and practice a happy experience.
- Parents Role: In order for your child to obtain the full benefits of Suzuki lessons parents are expected to attend each lesson and to take notes that will be used during at-home practice.
I currently teach in Minneapolis, MN at MacPhail Center for Music
in Saint Paul, MN at St Joseph's School of Music
To arrange for a trial lesson or for more information, please contact me using the contact page.
"Where love is deep, much can be accomplished."