EVERY CHILD CAN LEARN
More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that
children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease.
He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music,
and called his method the mother-tongue approach.
The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc.,
are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.
Parents are involved in the musical learning of their child
so that he/she understands
Parents attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week.
One parent often learns to play before the child,
what the child is expected to do. Parents work with the teacher to create
an enjoyable learning environment.
Crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination
Listening to music should begin at birth; formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin.
Listening to music every day is important
Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Listening to pieces in the Suzuki repertoire every day, so the child knows them immediately.
As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.
Regular performances and social gatherings
In addition to private lessons, children participate in regular group lessons and performance at which they learn from and are motivated by each other.
Constant repetition is essential
Children do not learn a word or piece of music and then discard it. They add it to their vocabulary or repertoire, gradually using it in new and more sophisticated ways.