The Suzuki Philosophy



More than 40 years ago, Japanese violin pedagogue, Shinichi Suzuki made the realization that every child learned to speak the dialect of their native language perfectly, by about the age of 5. These children, he observed, are nurtured and encouraged by their parents in their homes, to speak complicated dialects. He extrapolated that this high level of achievement could also be applied to the study of music, and began teaching violin to young children in Matsumoto, Japan. He dubbed this method the mother-tongue method and later, ability development. All over the world, we know this as the Suzuki Method.

How it works:

  • repeated listening to a reference recording of the pieces that will be learned

  • step-by-step teaching technique by the teacher in the lesson

  • active participation by a practicing parent who attends each lesson and practices with the child each day at home

    motivating and fun group lessons

What it accomplishes:

The Suzuki Method has been demonstrated throughout the world to allow children develop a high level of artistic ability on the instrument and beautiful character — which was Suzuki’s ultimate goal.