The Suzuki Method
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki believed that talent is not born, but developed. Also known as the ‘mother-toungue’ approach, the Suzuki method draws on the fact that all children learn to speak their complex native languages at an early age because of nearly constant exposure and practice. We accept that with time and effort every child learns to communicate at a very high level, and Dr. Suzuki realised that teacher and parent can apply the same principles of learning a spoken language to learning to play an instrument with great success.
Suzuki is wonderful for young children because parents take an active role during the first stages of learning. It is a strong foundation for intermediate and advanced students and further study outside of the Suzuki repertoire. Infact, many popular performers today were Suzuki kids.
The goal of Suzuki education and of Bluebird Suzuki is to make the building blocks of excellent performance available to each student, in their own time and to build ability. Suzuki families and teachers contribute to a positive and nurturing environment where music is part of daily life and a larger community.
Suzuki in Action
Individual Lessons - Time spent with your teacher each week. Parents and children attend lessons together so that parents can learn how to guide home practice. Parents come prepared with a notebook and Suzuki books in hand to take notes while observing the teacher and child work together. Your teacher will hear review pieces, check on skills and repertoire in progress and introduce new concepts to keep you moving forward.
Home Practice - A daily practice of thirty minutes or more, guided by the practice parent and drawing from instruction given by the teacher during the individual lesson. Parents are the home teacher and help to ensure assignments are effectively carried out. Through repetition, games and a focus on a positive environment you and your child will develop skills over the week. Home practice typically includes a warm up, review, practice boxes and repetition of tricky passages, sight reading, polishing newer repertoire and performance time.
Group Lessons - A weekly lesson with a group of children working in the same book as your child. During group lessons children learn with their peers, honing listening and ensemble skills. Group class repertoire is chosen from both the Suzuki and traditional literature, so that the classes support home practice and individual lessons, but also preview future techniques and styles. Group classes help motivate children and expose them to a bigger musical world.
Daily Listening to Suzuki Repertoire - Be it at breakfast, during dinner or before bedtime, you’ll find a time every day to listen to a recording of your Suzuki repertoire. This immersive approach mirrors the way that all children learn to speak their native language, so that they have a clear image of what the sounds and songs they want to create with their instrument.
Frequent Performance - Suzuki kids perform early and often and grow very comfortable with the spotlight. You’ll have the opportunity to perform several time each year in solo recitals, group concerts and workshops.
Suzuki Community - The Suzuki Method is taught all over the world and as a Suzuki family you’ll find you have community everywhere. Our common repertoire and teacher training system means that your child can easily join in with other Suzuki trained children at workshops, summer festivals and special events.