Shinichi Suzuki, was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1898. He believed that all children could learn to play music just as every child could learn to speak his or her own language. He had always loved children and he dedicated his life to helping kids develop kind, peaceful and beautiful hearts through learning music.
Every child can learn. No exceptions. Ability is developed not inherited. Suzuki method is based on the Mother-tongue approach to learning. Every child learns his language naturally by listening and imitating. Music is a language. It should be taught in this same way.
The parent involvement is essential to the method and an indispensable element in the success of the child. What I teach in the lesson must be repeated at home under the “parent teacher.” You will be expected to attend all lessons and take notes. I encourage you to see this as a special time to bond with your child.
The student’s progress is directly proportionate to the amount and frequency of listening to Suzuki recordings and other quality recordings. Imagine if an infant heard speaking only a few minutes a day. Or worse, only once a week. How could the child learn a language at this inconsistency?
People do not learn words once and then discard them. After a word is learned it is then added to the person’s vocabulary. So it must be with music. Music that is learned must become a part of the child and repeated. The aim is musical fluency.
Praise must be sincere, specific and often. This is my responsibility as well as yours. Each child learns at his/her own rate and we must encourage every small success knowing that each step fits into a larger whole. The child will learn in a non-competitive environment. Students are encouraged to fostered cooperation and support for each other’s efforts.
My hope is to develop a beautiful human soul with a loving and noble character. Cello is only a tool to help accomplish this. Children are taught through playing cello to be responsible, respectful, kind, and compassionate.
Music also will help the child to learn other subjects. It improves memory and the ability to differentiate sounds and speech. It nourishes the process of learning which includes focus, critical thinking, sensory integration, motor skills and emotional maturity.
In addition to private lessons, students will also participate in group lessons and performances. This community provides motivation and the valuable opportunity to learn from others.
When learning his/her mother-tongue the child does not at the beginning learn to read. First the child must master the skill of speaking. In the same way, the student will first make music and then learn to read it.
Listening should begin at birth. Formal music training should begin as soon as possible. However, it is never too early to begin or too late to start.