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The Suzuki Method

Introduced in 1964 to the Western world, first to the U.S. and Canada and then to Europe and the Pacific countries, this method has truly revolutionized how music is taught to children. Often referred to as the “mother tongue method of learning”, it has resulted in a ground swell of interest in playing string instruments. As string instruments grew in popularity, other instruments were introduced such as piano, flute, guitar, and harp. The ideas of the philosophy have also been used in early childhood general education.

There are several key factors that are included in the Method, some of which are a departure from more traditional modes of teaching music:

  • All children possess amazing potential for learning, anyone can learn!

  • Instruction can begin as early as three years of age

  • Listening to recordings of the repertoire is the key to aural development and learning

  • Reading is delayed until one gains substantial control of the instrument, position and intonation

  • Parents are trained to become their child’s “home teacher”

  • Encouragement is one of the most important elements of the method

  • Group classes develop ensemble skills, build close friendships, and motivate the child

  • Frequent performances, both formal and informal, build confidence in the player

Dr. Suzuki has helped dispel the idea that one must have a special “talent” in order to learn music. Music is a part of every human soul, and each child has the potential to reach a high degree of success. What are the ingredients that help this to happen? …a strong home environment of love, encouragement, consistent work habits, a good parent, and a well trained teacher who loves and respects children. At ITE we have only highly trained teachers, two of whom are certified Teacher Trainers in the Suzuki Method, all of whom love and respect children.

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