The Suzuki or mother tongue method is an integral part of our curriculum. Suzuki students learn to play music first by ear rather than reading notes, the same way that babies learn to speak first by ear rather than reading books. Shinichi Suzuki created his method of music education after struggling to learn German as an adult, an experience very familiar to many of our teachers!
In Suzuki education the parent also plays a crucial role in the child’s music education by attending the lessons and practicing with the child at home. This fosters a strong sense of community in Suzuki programs where the parents as well as the children often get to know each other and become friends. The parental involvement also enables children to begin studying an instrument as early as age 4. We are currently offering Suzuki lessons in violin, and viola.