"...let the children of Zion
rejoice in their King.
Let them praise His name with
dancing with drums and harp, let them make music
to Him..."

Tehillim 149:2

Suzuki Method

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki has developed a unique approach to teaching instrument mastery to young children.  This approach is based on the principles of language acquisition by young children.  The basic notions of Suzuki approach are as follows:

  1. Any child has an inborn musical potential which can be nurtured
  2. Children become comfortable with the instrument before learning to read music
  3. Elements of playing technique are introduced gradually in context
  4. Musical pieces are polished through repetition
  5. Children develop listening skills for self-assessment
  6. Parents are actively involved in the learning process
  7. Providing a social experience with frequent performance opportunities

Please view the Suzuki Program detail for class offereing and description.

Any child has an inborn musical potential which can be nurtured

The Suzuki method is built upon the use of natural capacities especially pronounced in young children when they initially acquire language.At least initially, the Suzuki method relies entirely on the children’s intrinsic ability to remember and reproduce familiar patterns.

Comfort with the instrument comes before learning to read music

A child first learns how to speak before they learn to read and write.  Thus, learning music notation is no longer a prerequisite to a child’s mastery of an instrument.  Learning the basic technical elements of playing an instrument comes before music literacy.

Elements of playing technique are introduced gradually and in context

The various elements of the technique are taught consecutively so that the challenge is never overwhelming and children feel a sense of accomplishment after mastering each new step. Technical elements are introduced in the context of simple musical pieces rather than tedious exercises. The musical repertoire is carefully selected and arranged to introduce new skills gradually, and build upon already learned skills.

Musical pieces are polished through repetition

The Suzuki approach emphasizes making instrument playing fun, and incorporating it into the daily routine.  Here, repetition and consistency are vital.  As Dr.Suzuki says, “Practice on the days that you eat”.

Children develop listening skills for self-assessment

The Suzuki CD recordings which accompany each level of the program provide the model which children strive for as presented by professional musicians on the recording.  In addition, children become familiar with future repertoire by hearing it prior to actually studying it.

Parents are actively involved in the learning process

Parental support in as indispensible in instrument study, as it is in learning language.   Children need to know that their parents are cheering for them and encourage their progress.  Parents are present at their child’s lessons and gain an insider’s perspective on what their child is studying in class. Parents also support their child’s practice at home by including it in the daily routine and assisting with challenges.

Providing a social experience with frequent performance opportunities

In addition to the private lessons children attend regular group classes where they learn as a part of a larger community. In a social environment, children motivate and learn from each other. Performances are opportunities for children to share their accomplishments with others, to show that each child is important and their effort is valued.

Originally the Suzuki program was developed for the study of violin.  Now instruction is also available for the study of other instruments such as piano, voice and more.