What Is The Suzuki Violin Method and is it Right For My Child
This is a comprehensive overview of the Suzuki violin method for parents. If you were wondering about the Suzuki violin method and what the method is about, this page will give you guidance about all the important concepts of the Suzuki Violin Method and what to expect if your child starts Suzuki lessons. As a Suzuki violin teacher of ten years, I am hoping that this is a comprehensive guide to parents who would like to find all they need to know about the Suzuki violin method from one source.
The main principles that guide the Suzuki Violin Method!
Every Child Can!
The Suzuki method believes that talent is not inborn. Every child can learn to the best of their own ability.
The Suzuki method believes that a man is the son of his environment. Parents and teachers work together to create the best environment for the child. The child learns in a safe and “no fail” environment.
Ability starts at birth! You cannot be too young or too old to start! This is the one method where teachers are trained to work effectively with young children. So if you have a young child interested in music, this may be the best way to go.
The Suzuki education stresses the role of the parents in home practice and helping the child succeed. The parent is an integral role in educating the child.
Instruction is given in a supportive, non-threatening way. Students learn with other children in order to develop character and .
Listening and Repetition
Young children learn their native language by listening and repetition. They learn by listening and mimicking the sounds from their environment. The Suzuki method utilizes this idea making learning a musical instrument natural and sequential for a child.
Developing Character Through Music
The education focuses not only on music itself but also on developing a beautiful heart through music. Suzuki lessons are meant to be non-competitive with emphasis on support.
Every trained Suzuki teacher would adhere to the principles above. The Suzuki method goes much deeper than the overview of this post.
Different teachers may have different styles. Every teacher will add who they are as a person in their teaching. They will also transfer knowledge from their own training as a musician. If you a parent who is looking for the best teacher for their child, see our section Starting Music Lessons.
What To Expect If My Child Starts Suzuki Violin Lessons
- Parent education. The Suzuki education is only strong if the parents have a good understanding of what their child will be doing and why. This is why Suzuki teachers require their parents to undergo some form of of parent education.
- You will most likely be asked to read a few books about the Suzuki philosophy. The teacher may talk to you as a part of the private lesson, or they may have a separate class dedicated to Suzuki parent education. Curiously, Suzuki violin parent education is the reasons I started the blog you are reading at the moment!
- Many of the conversations with my Suzuki parents were not just about teaching but also about parenting in general. I though that I could start putting my thoughts down and help parents with positive parenting as well as offer support to parents whose children have just started music lessons.
- Lots of Listening to the Suzuki violin CD. The very reason the Suzuki method came into being was the analogy between children who learn their mother tongue. As they listen to the language all the time, they all acquire it perfectly. In similar ways, the Suzuki educations believed that listening is key to acquiring musical ability.
- Suzuki group classes are an integral part of the Suzuki education. So as a new Suzuki student your child will most likely have one private lesson a week and one Suzuki group class. Many Suzuki music teachers schedule their group classes weekly. Some do it biweekly or once a month.
- During your Suzuki private lesson you will most likely be required to take notes in order to be able to practice effectively with your child. See this helpful article about best practicing tips and how to make music practice with your child easy.
I Have Heard About The Parent Involvement in Suzuki Music Lessons. Is it Going to be Too Much on My Time?
- This about developing young child in general. As you are helping a young child learn, develop literacy, develop daily habit. All of these require that the parent is present and available. Same as Suzuki Violin lessons. You have to be involved in your child’s music learning in order for them to be successful.
- Now we have lots of fun ways this engagement can happen. You can see tips for games at home here.
- Think about bonding with your child. The young years never come back and all parents wish they have spent every moment with their child and keeping these memories. Having your child in Suzuki lessons is one of the best things you can do at their young age to develop parent-child bond.
- Think about creating an environment. The Suzuki education provides a good way for your child to thrive and be surrounded by other nice families and kids. Developing a person is dependent on their environment.
- If you take all of these into consideration, spending time with your child on Suzuki lesson starts to all make sense!
Is the Suzuki Violin Method Also Offered for Other Instruments?
Yes! The Suzuki ideas are now used with many other instruments. You can find Suzuki teachers for cello, flute, piano. Double bass and guitar are slowly coming up to the Suzuki scene as well. In order to find what teachers your area offers, read below!
How To Find The Best Suzuki Violin Teacher For My Child
- The best place to start looking for a teacher is the Suzuki Association of the Americas. They have this list with teachers from all states.
- Many Suzuki teachers require or advice prospective Suzuki parents to observe their classes. This is a great way for you to observe their teaching. Pay attention to the bond that this teacher forms between their families. I have written an article about teacher-student bond that is so important for learning. Finding a teacher that will resonate with your child’s personality is key.
- I have done quite a lot of free consulting from my site. I have had parents as far as Singapore email me and ask for advice regarding their child’s music lessons. Always happy to offer advice. If you are in doubt or need an advice about finding a teacher or starting lessons you can feel free to contact me.
Do You Recommend Any Books to Learn More About the Suzuki Violin Method
Absolutely! Here are a few suggestions with really good books that will walk you through music ability development from an early age as well as give you ideas about how your child will be learning.
Additional Resources to Read About The Suzuki Method
Resources for Practicing If Your Child is Starting with The Suzuki Method