Suzuki Method for Violin
Pre-Twinkle thru Book 1
Ages 3 thru 12
The Suzuki Method was conceived in the mid-20th century by Shin'ichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist who desired to bring beauty to the lives of children in his country after the devastation of World War II. As a skilled violinist but a beginner at the German language who struggled to learn it, Suzuki noticed that children pick up their native language quickly, and even dialects adults consider "difficult" to learn are spoken with ease by people of 5 or 6 years. He reasoned that if children have the skill to acquire their native language, then they have the necessary ability to become proficient on a musical instrument. He pioneered the idea that pre-school age children could learn to play the violin if learning steps were small enough and if the instrument was scaled down to fit their body. He modeled his method, which he called "Talent Education,” after his theories of natural language acquisition. Suzuki believed that every child, if properly taught, was capable of a high level of musical achievement. He also made it clear that the goal of such musical education was to raise generations of children with "noble hearts" (as opposed to creating famous musical prodigies).
- The Suzuki method of instruction and philosophy based on the belief that all children are innately talented, and that musical ability can be taught in all children. Learning music is as much a product of the child’s environment as it is genetic.
- Music can be taught the same way we learn our native language, by ear. Pieces are learned by ear and played from memory.
- Note reading is incorporated later on in the child’s training, when the child begins to read words. They will learn how to read music.
- Parent, teacher and child are all active participants in the learning process, and a parent or caregiver must be willing to attend lessons. Parents play an active role in the learning process.
- Suzuki students are required to attend a repertoire class to strengthen their musicality and ensemble playing skills.
- Students begin at young ages.
- Children become comfortable with the instrument before learning to read music.
- Technique is taught in the context of pieces rather than through dry technical exercises.
- Pieces are refined through constant review.
- Students perform frequently, individually and in groups.
30-Minute Lessons +
per trimester ($58 per lesson)
Teacher(s): Hajnal Pivnick and Maeve O'Hara
for class information and expectations.