• Children do not need to read to play the Suzuki method. Since Suzuki is taught by listening and developing an ear for music, being able to read music is not necessary for beginning students.

  • Since children do not need to sight read music, this method allows children to begin lessons at a younger age than other teaching methods. Many children begin learning to play at the age of three years (or younger)!

  • Since children learn to play music “by ear,” they learn to play music with feeling. Music does not sound mechanical or halting as a child tries to decipher sheet music.

  • Children obtain a feeling of success early on in the process, as the Suzuki books teach the children to play real songs right away. Meaningless scales and finger exercises are avoided.

  • The positive environment and reinforcement used with the Suzuki method makes playing a joyful event rather than a chore.


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"More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach."


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