What is the Suzuki Method?

The Suzuki Method was introduced to the Western World in March, 1964, when string teachers first heard a concert comprised of school age children demonstrating the results of the teaching philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki. Suzuki's approach is based on the "mother-tongue" method of imitation and rote learning which parallels that of acquiring language skills at an early age. Young children all learn their mother tongue language by being in a fit environment - listening and imitating their parents, learning with other children, and being surrounded daily by it. Learning to play a musical instrument such as the violin requires the same type of environment. Thus, students will be expected to listen daily to recordings of music being studied, attend group lessons and recitals with other children, see concerts of accomplished violinists, and attend any institute or workshops offered. Different events will help to motivate the child greatly and assist to develop a clear goal of what he/she is trying to accomplish.