EVERY CHILD CAN LEARN
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki theorized that all children learn to speak their "mother tongue" language through listening, imitation, repetition and encouragement. He developed a "mother tongue" approach to teaching music. The Suzuki method is inspired by the belief that every child can play an instrument when given the opportunity to develop with love and patience.
AN EARLY START
Ideally, music education begins at birth. Babies can begin to observe lessons as young as a few months old. When a child actually begins to play an instrument depends on the individual child. Some are ready at age three, while others are ready at five, and it is never too late to begin.
The Suzuki approach depends upon parents and teachers to develop a loving and enthusiastic environment where children can learn naturally. A parent should attend every lesson and direct the practice at home until the teacher determines that a sufficient level of independence has been achieved by the student. The parent is the teacher's helper seven days a week and is given careful instructions at the individual lessons on how to guide the child's practice and incorporate the points stressed at the lesson and group class.