The Suzuki Method was developed in the mid-20th Century by Dr. Sinichi Suzuki. Dr. Suzuki noticed that children around the world were able to learn their native language very easily; therefore, he began applying the basic principles of language aquisition to the learning of music.
Dr. Suzuki preferred that the method be known as Talent Education, as he believed that talent is not an accident of birth, but a skill which can be nurtured with love. The teacher, parent, and child are all important parts of a team. Teacher and parent work together to provide the proper musical environment,
to teach the skills in small, success-oriented steps, to supervise practice with
meaningful feedback, and to offer an abundance of enthusiasm and praise.
Although Suzuki is primarily a private lesson method,
it also incorporates group sessions and performances as a part of its curriculum.
Suzuki instruction is offered in violin, viola, cello and piano. The best age for
students to begin instruction is four or five years. Older students are accepted,
and younger students may be enrolled at the teacher's discretion.