Parents are encouraged to read Dr. Suzuki’s Books and other books on the philosophy.
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.