7 Common Questions About the Suzuki Method (and why it's the best way to teach little musicians)

February 27, 2017

I've been mentioning the Suzuki method quite a bit in recent posts, so I thought it was time to address some common questions about this method. Below is a brief answer to 7 common questions. 

 

1. What is the philosophy?

 

It's hard to fully answer this question.  Basically, a man named Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) realized that every child could learn to speak their mother tongue flawlessly because they were constantly listening to it. He decided to apply this philosophy to learning music. The Suzuki method is based on the premise that children can learn to play their instrument if they are constantly listening to the repertoire they are learning, have support from their parents and teacher, and learn the instrument in a communal environment. There are many more pillars of the philosophy, but by far the most important one is that every child has the aptitude, talent, and ability to make music. If you are still curious, you can read more about the philosophy here. You may also wish to read the book "Nurtured by Love" by S. Suzuki if you want the full philosophy.