More than 50 years ago, a Japanese violinist and educator named Shinichi Suzuki began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music. This concept made it possible to teach young children to play an instrument in as natural a way as they learn to speak. By integrating listening, a nurturing environment, and parent participation, the Suzuki approach combines a method for teaching music with a philosophy that embraces the total development of the child.
Benefits of the Suzuki Method include:
• Strong ear training
• Increased musical memory and immediate performance repertoire
• Immersive training that facilitates rapid progress
• Delayed reading to allow time for musical/technical development
• Development of strong ensemble skills through group learning
• Positive relationships through parent-teacher-student team approach
Children can begin Suzuki lessons as early as age 4, depending upon faculty recommendation. Our Suzuki program consists of one weekly private lesson and one weekly group class. The group class for new beginning families starts with eight weeks of parent orientation. This orientation includes an introduction to the philosophy of the Suzuki Method as well as learning the basics of violin/piano playing. During this time, the children are beginning private lessons and will join the class after the orientation has finished.
New families are required to observe one private lesson and one group class. The parent(s) and child should attend the observations together.