Suzuki Music Education

April 2, 2019
Based on the principle that each child is born with an inherent ability to learn a musical instrument and succeed at it. In contrast to the belief that he is either born with a proclivity for music study, Suzuki's Talent Education program is a straightforward approach to "ability development." Suzuki's belief is also called the "Mother Tongue Method," as Suzuki's approach parallels a child's ability to learn language.
Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill!

Talent Education?

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.

Learn Music Like A Language

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.
People either become experts at doing the right thing, which is seen as a fine talent, or they become experts at doing something that is wrong and unacceptable, which is seen as lack of talent. Depending upon these two things — the amount and quality of the practice — superior ability can be produced in anyone.

Learn Music Through Practice

A child does not likely understand the benefit of this repetition, but in time, proudly learns his words and then phrases (i.e., the relationship between words). As with language, a child benefits from daily repetition over a structured length of time. The parent guides his daily practice over a regulated period of time. A focused practice session naturally, inevitably, leads to understanding of notes, intervals and phrasing. As long as the short period is sufficient for warm-up time, it can actually be more efficient. If you wait for the child to feel like practicing ... it won’t happen.
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