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Schinichi Suzuki, a violinist and teacher, carried his lifelong interest and sympathy for children into postwar Japan.  Encouraged by their ability to assimilate their mother tongue, he saw a great opportunity to enrich children’s lives through music.  His primary goal was not to play musical instruments.  Rather, he champions the unique contribution music can make in the total learning process.

Suzuki believed that talent is not an accident of birth, but that the potential of every child can be highly developed if he is given the proper training and learning environment.  Because Suzuki was himself a violinist, he applied his theories first in teaching very young children to play the violin.  Ideally music lessons begin around the age of three, but it is never too late to begin the Suzuki Method.

The learning process combines listening, practicing and performing, all under the careful supervision of the parents and teacher.   The Suzuki parent is actively involved in the learning process.  She herself learns to play the violin to a basic level, acquiring the knowledge and ability to demonstrate good violin technique to her child at home.  The parent attends all lessons and practices with the student each day, making sure her child does exactly what the teacher instructed.  The parent encourages the child, giving praise for each effort, so the practice time is a positive experience.  The length of practice time gradually increases as the student advances through the repertoire.  The parent need not be a musician - he is taught step by step how to help the child at home.

The Suzuki Method not only provides the child with an enriching musical experience but also creates an atmosphere of sharing and mutual learning which can bond parent and child in a unique and rewarding manner.

Observation is a very important learning tool of the Suzuki Method.  Much can be learned and reinforced through observation.  This also provides the student the opportunity to play before a small audience, and may improve the quality of his lesson.

The student must listen each day to a recording of the piece he is learning.  By the Suzuki Method, the child begins playing simple pieces before she is taught to read music.  She learns to depend on her ear for proper pitch and tone.  She acquires skill and confidence in her playing ability before she is asked to begin note reading.  Until note reading begins, the parent follows the music and teaches the correct fingering and bowing as instructed by the teacher.