What is the Suzuki Method?

The Suzuki Method is a systematic approach to music instruction taught around the globe. 

Founded by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Japan in 1942, it was brought to the U.S. in 1964. Since then, it has become the most widely used method for teaching children of all ages to play stringed instruments. Suzuki realized that all children learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the “Mother-Tongue approach.” 


The Suzuki Philosophy rests on the idea that talent is not inborn, that every child can learn. The Suzuki Method, sometimes called the Mother Tongue Method, is based on Dr. Suzuki's discovery that children could learn music quickly and well at young ages by using the same techniques they used as they first began to talk.

The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination. Participation in music should begin at birth; formal training may begin at age three or four, and it is never too late to begin. The Suzuki Early Childhood Education program (Joyful Tots) nurtures the learning of infants and toddlers!

Listening is a vital component to learning a musical instrument. Listen provides an aural framework for good intonation, helps with memory, and teaches the child the heights that they can reach on their instrument. Listening to great musicians is inspiring and motivating.

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Every Child Can Learn

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Early Beginning



More About the Suzuki Philosophy

  • Children Learn from One Another

  • ​Success Breeds Success

  • Parental Involvement Is Critical

  • Encouragement Is Essential

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Step-by-Step Mastery

Repertoire teach technical skill sin the context of music rather than in dry exercises. Pieces are presented sequentially in small, easily mastered steps.

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Group lessons are an integral part of the Suzuki method. They are not only fun, they develop ensemble skills, social skills and an eagerness to learn. Students are exposed to many other students at many different levels. This is a powerful incentive to practice and improve without encouraging competitiveness.

Group Lesson

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As when a child learns to talk, parents are involved in the musical growth of their child. They attend lessons with the child, ensure the child listens to their recordings daily, and serve as "home teachers" during the week.

Parent Involvement