Suzuki Violin

Suzuki Method

suziki-2The Suzuki method is a process of teaching music conceived and created by Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shin‘ichi Suzuki (1898–1998) dating from the mid-20th century. The central belief of Suzuki, based on his language acquisition theories, is that all people are capable of learning from their environment, and that talent is developed rather than inborn. The essential components of his method spring from the desire to create the right environment for learning music. He also believed that this positive environment would also help to foster character in students.

The Suzuki method offers a stepwise, clear, and proven path to learning an instrument. Because the method is based on nurturing, the child grows to love playing, which in turn builds self-esteem and self-confidence.

At its core the Suzuki approach has a curriculum and set of common pieces that all students learn by memory. There is an important early focus on developing the correct posture and physical positions to create a relaxed, natural foundation for playing the violin, which enables the young student’s continuous learning of increasingly more advanced repertoire. The Suzuki approach uses Baroque dances through Mozart violin concertos, each with a specific role in developing a young student’s technique and artistic sensibility. By focusing on a common repertoire, students from around the world are able to play with each other. This has created a worldwide community of players who share a similar background.

The aurally-based Suzuki method is easily and appropriately combined with music reading, ensemble playing, and repertoire outside the Suzuki books to enable students to participate in everything the musical world has to offer. The most important thing is that learning an instrument remain fun and rewarding.

Anne suggests parents who are interested in Suzuki violin lessons for their child read Dr Suzuki’s book Nurtured by Love and observe Suzuki group and individual lessons with their child. For more information on the Suzuki method, visit the website of the British Suzuki Institute or the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

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