The Suzuki Method
Mother-tongue approach.​
11 special features.
Every child is born with
ability that can be cultivated.
Every child can learn.
Early beginning

Early start. Never too late.

Education begins at birth and lessons can start as early as age 3, but it is never too late to begin.
Ability development

Every child can learn.

Dr. Suzuki believes that every child can be educated. He believes that tests for so-called “musical talent” are a waste of time because every child has the potential to achieve at a high level. The most important factor is a commitment to devote time every day to home practice and to listen to the recordings.
Parent involvement

Parents as home teachers.

One parent learns the basic skills on the child’s instrument as well as techniques for home practice. Enthusiasm and patience are more important than musical experience.
Aural development

Daily listening.

Children listen for several hours each day to recordings of the pieces they are studying, as well as performances by concert artists, to develop memory and musical sensitivity. They learn the music naturally while doing other things.
Constant review

Repetition for mastery.

Students review their old pieces with the accompaniment recordings daily to improve their technique, as well as sensitivity to phrasing and musical feeling.
Effective system

Developing basic skills.

Each child works at his/her own rate. The initial rate of progress has little to do with the final level of achievement. Many fine students have started very slowly. Students learn how to learn by using a patient and systematic approach to master new skills.
Encouragement

Positive approach.

Enjoyment is a basic part of the learning process, not something added later. The teacher demonstrates constructive ways to praise the child’s success as well as supportive and creative ways to work for further improvement.
Learning with other children

Motivated in group class. In addition to individual lesson. Every week.

In addition to the individual lesson, children learn ensemble skills while gaining confidence and enthusiasm through games, solos, and group practice at the weekly group lesson.
Graded repertoire

Learn technical details in the context of music. Not separate exercises.

Children do not practice exercises to learn to talk, but use language for its natural purpose of communication and self-expression. Pieces in the Suzuki repertoire are designed to present technical problems to be learned in the context of the music rather than through dry technical exercises.
Delayed reading

Learn by ears first. Before music reading.

Children learn to speak before they learn to read. Students learn to play with good tone, posture, and musical technique before learning the musical symbols for the sounds that they can produce. The Kodály music class teaches the basic skills of singing, ear training, and music theory through songs and games. This prepares students for music reading class and string ensemble.
Practice with recordings

Accompaniment and ensemble recordings. Self-taught.

After careful study of the teaching points of each piece, students practice with the accompaniment recordings to improve rhythmic skills, timing, and musical expression. Ensemble students learn their parts much more quickly by working with the special ensemble practice recordings of their own part.
Parents’ Guide

Help your child
practice and listen at home.
Get the most out of each lesson.

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Dr. Suzuki’s Speech

Listen to Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s
general comments about his students’
graduation recordings in 1985.
Simply inspiring.

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