More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music. Parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.
As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. They attend lessons with the child and serve as “Home Coaches” during the week. One parent often learns to play before the child, so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do. Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment.
Listening and Repetition
Listening to fine music should begin at conception. Listening to music every day is important, especially listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire so the child knows them immediately. Each child learns at his/her own rate to master each step. Students encourage and support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.
Well trained Suzuki students are brilliant note readers as well as polished performers! Most professional violinists used the Suzuki approach in their early studies. Theory skills need to be taught along side the Suzuki repertoire. The Suzuki literature is designed to present technical problems to be learned in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises.
St Patricks Day Parade!
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