About Suzuki

The Suzuki Approach began more than 40 years ago when Shinichi Suzuki developed his “mother-tongue approach” to learning music.  He observed how children learn their native languages, and then applied these steps to learning music.
Here are the key concepts behind Suzuki’s approach:
  1. An Early Beginning: Listening to music should start from birth, and formal lessons could begin as early as 3 or 4 years old, although it’s never too late to start!
  2. Parental Involvement: Parents attend all of the lessons and also assist their children during daily practice sessions at home.
  3. Listening: Students listen to CDs everyday as part of a complete immersion in a musical environment.
  4. Review: Once a student masters a specific skill or piece, they continue to practice it regularly, even as they learn new skills and pieces.
  5. Group Classes: All students attend group classes, where they have the opportunity to rehearse and interact with their peers on a regular basis.
  6. Reading Music: Students master the correct posture and basic techniques of their instrument before they combine music reading with playing their instrument.
For further information, read the “Suzuki Twinkler” on the Suzuki Association of the Americas website.