Suzuki Method is based on the principles of the mother-tongue method. The child learns to play the musical instrument in the same way as he learns to speak.
Basic principles of the Suzuki Method
Shinichi Suzuki (1898, Nagoja – 1998, Matsumoto) was a Japanese violinist, pedagogue and founder of the Suzuki Method.
Suzuki grew up in a musical environment; his father owned a violin factory. He studied violin with Karl Klinger in Berlin during 1920 – 1928. After his return to Japan he focused on music education and began teaching small children. He realized that “all Japanese children speak Japanese” which inspired him to use a parallel of mother-tongue method for teaching violin. This approach is based on an assumption that neither musical talent nor inborn musical abilities exist. The potential of every child is unlimited and can be developed and enhanced through a nurturing and inspiring environment “All children grow; it depends on how they are raised” – not only in music but in other areas of children development. Suzuki´s goal was not to foster professional musicians, but he wanted to make music a natural part of a human being life.
The “Talent Education Movement” was officially founded in 1946 and during 60s it spread as “the Suzuki Method” from Japan to other countries, at first to the USA. The Suzuki Method was initially set up for violin, later adapted also to piano, flute and other string and wind instruments as well as for voice. Nowadays, it belongs to the most influential methods of learning to play the musical instruments in the USA, Asia and many European countries as well.
Selection of Suzuki quotes
"Man is the son of his environment."
"Where love is deep, much will be accomplished."
"The fate of a child is in the hands of his parents."
"Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited."
"An unlimited amount of ability can develop when parent and child are having fun together."
"Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill."
"Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens, noble human beings. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth, and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets beautiful heart."
"Music is a language that goes beyond speech and letters - a living art that is almost mystical. This is where its emotional impact comes in. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven - without exception they live clearly and palpably in their music, and speak forcefully to us, purifying us, refining us, and awakening in us the highest joy and emotion"