We teach the Suzuki method because of the joy and spontaneous playing that result from it. Moreover, this method does not require from any child to be ‘talented’, but on the contrary provides the ‘education of talent’. This allows any child, even when one may regard them as “untalented”, to become a violinist.
The Suzuki Method has enabled many children to play music to a high standard. Substantial numbers of Suzuki trained students have indeed become highly acclaimed professional musicians. However, the training of professionals is not the main aim: the emphasis throughout is on the development of the whole child, on education through music. Dr Suzuki himself always said that his wish was to foster the human qualities in the child.
Violin lessons inspire imagination and the incredible discipline required encourages self value, self realization and nurtures more balanced emotions to cope better with life challenges.
In each child there is an energy waiting to be released and it is our highest priority to help each child discover and develop and to experience their own positive energy.
Education often only stimulates intellectual development, music adds emotional development.
Children are especially open to learning new mental processes and physical skills when they are very young. Children are very sensitive to sound during their years of language acquisition from birth to the age of 5. This is an ideal time to start developing sensitivity to music as well. Older children and even adults can also learn with the Suzuki method, just as one can learn a new language at any age.
We educate children to ‘listen’ from a very early age. Care is taken to explain to students and parents that it’s not only about learning to play but also to listen to music that is so beautiful that it will cause them to strive to live beautiful lives.
Although we work towards goals our focus is constantly on a pleasant learning journey and not rushing to learn more notes.
Children also get the opportunity to play with others on a weekly basis. Playing with others helps to repeat even difficult technical exercises in a fun atmosphere, and helps to achieve learning skills in a natural way.
The Suzuki pupils perform regularly to others in relaxed and comfortable circumstances and thereby obtain a spontaneous relationship with their instrument.