Learn more about the Suzuki Method Philosphy from these Youtube videos

What is the Suzuki Philosophy?

  • Mother Tongue Method
  • Learning music the same way you learn to speak.
  • Every child learns to speak their native language.
  • Learning through imitation.
  • Every child can learn.
  • Talent is not genetic!
  • Listening is important.
  • Group & individual lessons.
  • Character first, musical ability second.

The Sound of Violin- documentary about the Suzuki method (20 mins)

  • Respect the individuality of each child.
  • Every child is different.
  • Each child learns at a different rate.
  • A whole-child approach to education.
  • What you water will grow.
  • Nurture rather than force.
  • Perseverance & Standards of quality.
  • Talent is the ability to act easily.
  • “Man is the Son of his environment.” Dr. Suzuki
  • Learning by the physical senses.
  • The studio is a positive, safe place.
  • Parent involvement is crucial.
  • Parent is the violin teacher at home and practices with the child.
  • Positive criticism.
  • The parent & teacher believe in the child. They can do it!
  • Group class is as important as the individual lesson.
  • Learning to concentrate.
  • Ringing tone. Tone has living soul.

Confessions of a Suzuki Parent

  • It’s normal to not know anything about Suzuki or music when you begin.
  • You don’t have to play an instrument to be a good Suzuki parent.
  • I took 7 years to get through book 1.
  • To be successful, follow your teachers instructions.
  • Take advice from seasoned Suzuki parents.
  • Progress can be slow for some children.
  • Let the child lead.

Importance of the Suzuki Method

  • It’s not music that will change the world, but how we make music that will change the world.
  • The strength of the Suzuki method is the qualities we are trying to foster in young people:
    • Compassion, discipline, love, willing to listen carefully, accountability.
  • Dr. Suzuki wasn’t trying to create the best musicians. He wanted to create noble human beings.
  • Becoming a great player is a life long process. It’s important to not rush the process.
  • Group learning helps one to:
    • express oneself clearly.
    • encourage others to express themselves clearly
    • empower others rather than compete with them.
  • We are better together! Competition within the group doesn’t create beautiful music.
  • Violin players should learn both violin 1 and violin 2 parts to foster cooperation and learn how music works together as a whole (harmony) and how to support and be of service to others.
  • The Suzuki method is about service. To be of service to others is a noble quality.
  • Children learn life skills from violin lessons that continue with them throughout their lives even if they don’t continue study or become a professional musician.


Follow the Journey of a 3 year old Suzuki student

First lesson
First month
3 months
First recital!
One year of lessons!