Suzuki Method Examined
There has been much discussion regarding Suzuki method vs. more traditional methods of teaching. It is helpful to know a bit more about it before requesting a Suzuki method teacher.
Suzuki takes an approach that is similar to a child learning a new language. Children learn to speak by listening, not by reading. Similarly, the Suzuki method teaches children to play their instrument without the use of written music. Instead, they focus on using their ears to learn specific pieces of music which are prerecorded to accompany the student. Memorization of each piece of music is eventually attained, with the goal of performing the piece. Performances are frequent and become natural and enjoyable over time.
More traditional methods introduce sight reading, scales, key signatures, sharps and flats, and other theory right away. These are necessary components of a well-rounded musician. Therefore, the combination of traditional and Suzuki methods is common, and many versions of Suzuki methods have added sight reading and theory to their programs.
Suzuki method is very popular and it is a great way for younger students to gain confidence and ear training early on. The added confidence provided by frequent performances also helps. But the primary consideration is to find the best teacher for your child. With a good teacher, the music should lead the way. It is first about the music, and then persistence. Suzuki is more about the teacher using Suzuki than anything else. Find a teacher who connects well with the student and you have a recipe for greatness.
If you’d like to discuss the possibility of working with a private music teacher in the DC area, contact us at anytime and we’ll be happy to help you.
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