A young child's natural intuition and ability to learn his native language is the core of Suzuki's music learning approach (the Mother Tongue method). According to his method, each child is born with an inherent ability to learn a musical instrument and succeed at it. With love and support, any child can learn to play piano with simple repetition and rewards.
A student approaches lessons and practice in a way that either fosters its success, or not. There are no shortcuts. You cannot simply compare a student who practices five minutes a day with another who practices an hour a day. The student who practices five minutes a day does not gain ability in the long run; a student who practices an hour a day, in a conscientious way, develops superior skill without fail.
Through listening and repetition, each child learns to speak in his native language. A child learns to speak by listening to many as 70 repetitions of a word, phrase or sentence in a given time period. The child must “repeat, rework and reiterate” to ultimately make that word his own and move on to the next. A child does not likely understand the benefit of this repetition, but in time proudly learns each word.
In my teacher tenure at the Dana Hall School of Music (in Wellesley MA), I was a Suzuki teacher for young children (ages 5 and 6). According to Suzuki, each child is born with an inherent ability to learn a musical instrument and succeed at it. With love and support, any child can learn to play piano with simple repetition and rewards.