What is the Suzuki Method?

The Suzuki Method is based on the principle that every child can learn. You don't have to be born with innate musical ability.  The Suzuki Method offers a wonderful framework for teaching but it is not meant to be a one-size-fits-all approach. I tailor each lesson to your child's age, learning style and weekly progress.


Some of the key ideas of the Suzuki philosophy are:


1. Mother Tongue Method: It's natural for us to learn to speak before we learn to read. We learn to speak by hearing our mom and dad saying the same words to us over and over again. Later we learn to read written words and understand how they relate to the spoken word. In my studio, students first develop a foundation of good technique and learn to play songs by ear. This develops their aural skills, intonation, memory and familiarity with the fingerboard which leads to a high comfort level with the violin. Note reading is introduced separately but in a timely manner. Then the two are brought together.


2. Suzuki Triangle: The Suzuki Triangle refers to the student, teacher and the parent who acts as the at-home teacher. This triangle of support is important for success. The parent attends lessons and takes notes on the skills that need attention during the coming week. The parent learns along with the student so they know how to help their child at home. As the student matures, the parent can step back a bit to allow the student to take on more responsibility.


3. Group Lessons: Making music with your friends is fun! Playing together also teaches students how to lead, follow and play as an ensemble. Group classes are also great opportunities for learning other types of music such as fiddle tunes and playing games that reinforce technique, music theory and learning Suzuki repertoire.