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From my point of view as a music teacher, the Suzuki method differs from other methods in 3 principal respects: At first, the music is learned by listening every day to high quality recordings. When learning, students play music they have learned from their recordings from memory, rather than by reading music from the page. To reinforce and motivate the students, group lesson participation (for non-piano students) is important. In a group lesson context, all of the students of a variety of experience levels perform together, without scolding. The students learn from their peers, and perform for each other. Students look forward to their group classes! Let me refer to some books on the Suzuki method:

Suzuki, in his approach, capitalizes on the principal features of the natural learning method. He stresses:
1) A favorable environment, with encouragement, interest, praise, and models of sight and sound to observe (listening to recordings is an important part of that environment)
2) The awakening and growth of a desire to play a musical instrument
3) Absence of stress, no problem with self-image
4) A very slow rate of progress at the beginning
5) Great number of repetitions
6) Individual rates of progress
7) Joy of learning
8) Realization of the potential of all.

-Excerpt from To Learn with Love: A Companion for Suzuki Parents, by William and Constance Starr.

 

“Talent is not inherited or inborn, but learned and trained.”

-Shinichi Suzuki, in Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education

Last Update: August 4, 2014
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