The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.
The Suzuki Violin method is based on the philosophy that every child has the potential to reach a high level of musicianship, and the learning process corresponds to the way a child assimilates language—through listening, imitation and practice.
Cello students at the Academy receive one individual lesson per week. At each lesson, the instructor observes and listens to the student playing a piece or a tonalization exercise. This usually includes material the student has previously learned, as well as the piece the student is currently working on. The instructor will also introduce new material. The parent attends each lesson and helps the student work on the material throughout the week of practice at home.
Suzuki students can start as young as age 3 and take Suzuki method lessons on viola. They benefit from weekly private lessons. The length of the lesson depends on the student’s age, attention span, and level of advancement. Generally, beginners start with 10 to 20-minute violin lessons. As the student advances, the length of the lessons increases.
The Suzuki method of teaching piano is based on the “mother tongue” approach. With this approach, children are taught music as if they were being immersed in a foreign language. Children are exposed to music, learning to listen to the piece before any attempt at reproducing the song is made. Children learning to play piano with the Suzuki method are taught to play “by ear” first, and learning to sight read music is not taught until the child is successful with reproducing music by ear.