Suzuki Music Instruction
The Suzuki Talent Education Program of the David Adler Music and Arts Center was established in 1980. Like Dr. Suzuki, we believe that music education can be more than learning to play an instrument. Suzuki Talent Education is based on the philosophy that, with proper teaching, proper environment, and encouragement, ALL children can learn to play and read music just as all children can learn to speak and read their native language.
Parents play a vitally important role in this educational model. They must create a home environment in which fine music is frequently heard. This will help the child to become familiar with the basic elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm, and tone. The first stages of instruction will focus primarily on the development of proper technique and pleasing tone quality. The Suzuki repertoire features folk tunes to facilitate this development. Students learn to play these melodies by listening to them, then imitating what they have heard. Later, when the student has mastered the basics of tone production on his or her instrument, the study of musical notation will begin.
Children as young as 4 or 5 can begin to study an instrument with the Suzuki approach. Parents are required to come to each lesson so that they can effectively help their children practice at home. Parents need not be proficient on their child’s instrument, but should be prepared to learn enough about the instrument to help their child.
Suzuki Instruction is available in violin. Parents are expected to observe and take notes during individual lessons, so that they can facilitate efficient daily practice at home.
For more about Shinichi Suzuki and his teaching method, go to the Suzuki Association of the Americas website.