The Music Academy

Suzuki Talent Education

Suzuki Instruction: Talent Education

Suzuki Student all Smiles!

Avery Anderson

The foundational idea of the Suzuki method, or Talent Education, as Dr. Shinichi Suzuki himself named the program, is that all children can develop the ability to express themselves through music, just as all children develop the ability to express themselves through speech. The underlying assumption is that this ability to “speak” music is desirable, wonderful, and helps the child develop character and beauty. Surround a child with beautiful music. Let him hear it every day just as he hears his native language, and it will become another language he will learn to speak. Put a properly fitting instrument in the hands of the small child and give her excellent, supportive instruction and she will learn to play with beauty and skill. Set high standards and offer constant encouragement and the child will develop the identity and talent of a musician. In fact, she will be a musician. Now she or he may also become a doctor, teacher, business owner, farmer, librarian, lawyer, or electrician, but still a musician.

There are several factors that must be present in order for the musical instruction of the young child to be successful.

They are:

  • a highly trained teacher who is positive, supportive, and offers “one step at a time” instruction.
  • an engaged parent (or other significant adult) who structures practice and listening and is also positive and supportive.
  • an environment filled with beautiful music.
  • access to a decent, properly sized instrument.

harp1Suzuki students may begin as early as age three, but the method is also effective and rewarding for an older beginner. We teach one step at a time. We maintain high standards of beautiful sound and posture. Students begin reading music when they are developmentally ready and have mastered the proper posture and tone production. Students participate in a group class and an individual lesson every week. Group classes are essential to developing good intonation, cooperation (music is, most often, a cooperative venture) and groups enhance review. Individual lessons are important for tending to individual needs and maintaining rapid enough progress to make the experience interesting and satisfying. It’s great fun and hard work.
A few points to remember:

  • the study of music teaches sensitivity, discipline, and endurance.
  • every child has ability. Every child can learn.
  • children learn at different and inconsistent rates, which do not determine ultimate success, so do not give up!
  • to be successful, a child needs to be surrounded by adults who appreciate the value of an aesthetic education for the child

The Music Academy family includes 20 Suzuki trained teachers working with over 200 Suzuki families. The school is widely acclaimed and has been engaged in the highest quality Suzuki Talent Education for over 28 years.

Instruction Available On:
Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Flute, Harp

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