Suzuki Method 2017-01-08T05:38:04+01:00
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The Suzuki approach to music education is based on the belief that musical ability can be developed in every child. Parent participation and responsibility, loving encouragement and constant repetition are the cornerstones of the Suzuki method. Lessons may start as early as 4 or 5 years old, but it is never too late to begin!

Young beginners in the Suzuki flute school start on a special flute with a curved head, which brings the flute mechanism closer to the body, making it more accessible to the smaller arms of a young child. The finger buttons are also adapted to smaller hands, and the instrument is lighter than a full-sized flute.

Shanna’s studio uses a comprehesive approach beginning with strong foundations of good posture, beautiful tone, sound musicianship and proper technique. These qualities are refined as additional skills are introduced which include listening skills, music theory, music history and the ability to read music.

Suzuki Music Education is about you and I working together to develop your child’s natural ability. The Suzuki method was founded by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. He believed that every child has great ability. If every child learns to fluently speak their native language, then every child has the ability to learn music. He developed the “mother tongue” method to teach music using the same methods we use to teach our children to speak. In a positive and loving environment we use repetition and accumulation, listening every day and small steps to teach children music. I believe that the most successful way to teach children is through a working partnership etween parents and teachers. I look forward to working with you and your child.

Every Child Can!
Dr. Suzuki’s Observations

  • All Japanese children speak Japanese.
  • Learning one’s native language has a 100% success rate.
  • The process for Language learning can be applied to music and other subjects.

“Talent Education”

  • Language Learning Analogy
  • Suzuki’s belief that talent is learned, not inborn.
  • There are no failures; every child can be educated.
  • Environment, not genetics, is the key.
  • Inborn qualities that differ between students:
    1. Rate of learning
    2. Learning styles

“Without Hurry Without Rest” – Shinichi Suzuki

Age 3-5 is ideal because children:

  • Are more neurologically receptive to aural learning
  • Are eager to please
  • Delight in repetition
  • Like to imitate adults
  • Have great enthusiasm for learning
  • Have more time for listening and practicing
  • Will establish practice patterns before other activities compete for time

Positive Environment

  • Language Learning Analogy
  • Positive Feedback
    1. Honest
    2. Specific
    3. Immediately after task
    4. Acknowledge the effort, praise the achievement
  • Attitudes
    1. Belief in the child
    2. Appreciation of each step, no matter the size
    3. Discipline with love
    4. Cooperation not competition
    5. Sensitivity to each child’s response to praise

Small Steps

  • Language Learning Analogy
  • Divide skills into smaller units
  • Small enough so child is always successful
  • Mastery of each step
  • Not every student needs every step

Repetition

    • Language Learning Analogy
    • Skill vs. Knowledge
    • Tools

“Ability equals knowledge plus 10,000 times.” – Shinichi Suzuki

Common, Set Repertoire

  • Language Learning Analogy
  • Technical and musical points covered in a carefully thought out, step-by-step progression
  • Provides motivation
  • Common, international language
  • Makes group lessons possible
  • For the teacher, repetition provides new insights and more efficient teaching.

Review

  • Language Learning Analogy
  • Why?
    1. Develops mastery/fluency
    2. Maintains an active repertoire
    3. Increases confidence, self esteem
    4. Provides ensemble opportunities
    5. Gives an awareness of the progression of skills and artistic development
  • How?
    1. With intention, not on “auto pilot”
    2. By study of skills, not just pieces
  • Tools
    1. Review systems
    2. Group lessons
    3. Book graduations
    4. Family concerts/recordings

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