“If a person works at playing the violin well, he develops the talent to overcome any difficult problem by working, then the talent will be born to accomplish even the hardest problems easily”
Ability Development from Age Zero, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki; p.62
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki is the creator of what we know as the Suzuki Method. The philosophy believes that through the teacher and the parent (the home teacher), the student will excel in their personal development through the learning of an instrument. The aim is to produce well-rounded, fine human beings through the experiences brought on by learning an instrument, not necessarily the goal to produce outstanding musicians.We use the “Mother Tongue” method to acquire our home language and Suzuki extended that idea to learning an instrument. When learning a language, a child would initially listen to the word, before trying to imitate. Suzuki took this idea and extended it to teaching the violin. Each student listens daily to recordings and the melodies are then taught to the student by ear. This gives an opportunity for the student to concentrate on the technical and performing aspect of learning the instrument.
Dr Suzuki believed that as a home-educator, the parent has a major role to play in the Suzuki Method. The parent attends the lessons with the child and the parent is encouraged to be part of the learning process. The teacher instructs the parent during the lesson and gives elements of the lesson to practice on at home. During the lesson, parents are encouraged to take notes and ask questions. It is important that the parent understands the task in order to implement it at home. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that the work is done at home on a daily basis, which must also include listening to the recordings. A child cannot be expected to learn the art of how and when to practice if this is not guided. Discipline is a vital component in raising children. It is also a vital component for success at anything in life.
“The parent guiding the child’s practice must not lose sight of the ultimate aim. To make the child independent of parental help.”
The Suzuki Violinist, William Starr; p.22