The Suzuki Philosophy
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki founded the Suzuki method based on the belief that children learn music best in the same way they learn language from their parents. Also called the "Mother Tongue" method, Suzuki students learn first aurally, by listening, and through repetition. Once basic technique is established, students begin reading music, typically at the same time they begin reading in school. The Suzuki method is also called "Talent Education" and "Ability Development" under the premise that anyone can become a fine musician with the right kind of guidance.
Role of Parents
Because the Suzuki method is built around the idea of learning music the same way we learn language, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the parent-child relationship. Parents are expected to attend all lessons and classes, practice with their child, and create an environment at home that is conducive to learning. This does not mean that parents must be musical; rather it means that they too must be willing to learn and be an active participant in the child’s music education.
Program Structure and Attendance
The Suzuki program at Bay Chamber Music School includes a weekly private lesson, a weekly group class, and recitals and performances (both group and solo) throughout the year. Private lessons are essential for students to grow in technique, musicality and ability. Group lessons teach students to play with other children and reinforce what all the students are learning in their private lessons. All Suzuki students study the same repertoire, and the group environment serves as a wonderful motivator and learning experience for children. Participation in private lessons, group classes and performances is mandatory and regular attendance is expected.
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