Founded on the educational philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki, music education is provided under the fundamental belief that ALL CHILDREN HAVE TALENT, and that the development of a person’s character is of great importance. Suzuki education recognizes and fosters the individual gifts and personality of each child through positive, individualized instruction.
In Suzuki, “mother tongue” method of language acquisition and development is mimicked in music education, as children are placed in a nurturing environment immersed with language (or in this case, music). Confidence and ease of playing is achieved when each skill is broken down into small steps and then mastered through positive reinforcement and encouragement, providing a foundation for continual skills acquisition.
The key components of the Suzuki philosophy of education are:
- The recognition that environment, not genetic disposition, will determine student success. The child is provided a nurturing and musically-rich environment, and is encouraged and taught by supportive people who are important to the child.
- Music education in encouraged at a very young age (typically around 3 or 4 years old), but is tailored to the individual needs of each student, regardless of age.
- A parent or caregiver attends and observes lessons, and practices daily at home with the child.
- The “mother tongue” method of language acquisition and development is mimicked in the child’s music education, and the child learns to play in the same manner in which he learns to speak.
- Each skill is broken down into small steps and then mastered through positive and encouraging reinforcement and repetition, enabling the student to learn while gaining confidence and cumulative skills, both technically and musically.
- Technique is taught in context of enjoyable songs and mastered through review.
- Note/Music reading is taught when the child is comfortable with the instrument.
- Group classes provide regular opportunity for children to play common repertoire together, which in turn inspires and encourages, and builds important foundations for ensemble and community.