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:
-Excerpt from To Learn with Love: A Companion for Suzuki Parents, by William and Constance Starr.
-Shinichi Suzuki, in Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education
Update: August 4, 2014
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