The Suzuki method was developed based on the way we learn our native language. Dr. Suzuki realized that if all 4-year-old children speak their native language fluently, then the “mother tongue” method is the best education method in the world because it's 100% successful.
To learn native language in their environment, children:
To learn music using the Suzuki method, children:
Parents are expected to put on the recording daily. (Estimated time: 30 seconds) The whole recording should be played at least one hour a day and automatically repeat the songs the child is learning for 3 or more hours a day.
Other kinds of music, especially classical, can be included in the listening. This helps to train the ear of the student so they can learn to play in tune. The goal is to create an environment filled with the language of music. Busy families put the recording in the living room, child's bedroom, the car, etc. Listening can also be done at night, or while doing homework.
Playing the instrument
Dr. Suzuki took the classical literature and organized it into a step-by-step curriculum. Each song teaches techniques that become a building block for later pieces. The students daily review their basic songs. This gives them a solid foundation and they become fluent players, the same way we are fluent speakers. Then they can learn their new songs more quickly and easily.
The students begin note-reading in supplementary materials while studying Book 2. By Book 4, their note-reading skills should have caught up with their playing skills and they’ll be note-reading fluently.
Students periodically make up their own songs as they go along. As students get more advanced, parents may want to explore software composition programs. Serious music composition is studied in college.
A Supportive Environment
Following these steps in a supportive environment allows children to be successful. The “mother tongue” method starts by babies listening to and repeating what their parents say in a loving environment. Parents should create a positive environment for practice at home. I’m very nurturing and supportive in my approach to teaching while still asking my students to play with the highest quality technique and musicianship.