"Music is a language without words."
--Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
Every child learns to speak his native language fluently, no matter how difficult the language is. This was the observation that gave Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) his inspiration for what he called the mother-tongue approach, now the internationally renowned Suzuki Method. It is built on the fact that musical talent, like language, is cultivated by listening, repetition, and positive reinforcement.
Suzuki students listen to recordings of their repertoire daily, allowing them to learn music faster and more fluently. They quickly develop a trained ear.
Constant repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument. 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.
As in language acquisition, parental involvement is essential in any child's musical journey. Parents attend lessons and practice with their child daily, offering encouragement and support every step of the way!
A positive group environment is crucial to developing not only musical talent but also a loving, beautiful heart. Students encourage and inspire each other, and parents likewise are motivated by collaborating together!
A student having fun at the piano!