Benefits of attending a Suzuki Event/Festival
Be motivated and re-energised about playing an practising
Be inspired by hearing a wide variety of playing on your instrument.
Be part of an intensive, varied and all engaging specialist music workshop.
Gain fresh insight and new approaches to music and your instrument by working with expert International and Domestic tutors.
Be immersed in a nurturing and positive environment where everyone is valued and Dr. Suzuki's message "every child can learn" is evident in all Teaching.
Feel the camaraderie and joy of playing together in orchestras and group play ins.
Attend or perform in concerts to enjoy music together.
Feel supported and encouraged to help your child on their musical journey by attending our free daily parent talks.
Attending workshops creates musical bonds with like-minded students and families that blossom into lasting friendships.
Create a lifetime of memories by sharing quality time with your child/ren.
Is the Suzuki Method only for developing trained musicians?
Although many Suzuki students go on to become professional performers or teachers which is a tribute to the Method's ability to teach, this is not the the actual intention. The philosophy of the Suzuki Method is to nurture sensitive loving human beings and help develop each child's character through the love of and study of music.
What was Dr Suzuki’s vision?
The Suzuki Method is not intended to be a training ground for professional musicians. The fact that an increasing number of the world’s top musicians studied with Suzuki method is a tribute to the method’s ability to teach, but not its actual intention. The goal of Dr Suzuki was to enrich people’s lives and make them more understanding and sensitive human beings.
What is the role of the parent?
In the Suzuki approach learning takes place in an environment of co-operation between teacher, parent and child. The parent’s role is crucial to this process. The parent’s role involves:
- Attending each lesson with the student, taking notes, and practising with the student at home.
- Playing the recordings daily at home.
- Understanding the instrument and how to take care of it.
- Helping to create an environment of affection, support, encouragement and understanding.
- Attending with the child, workshops, concerts, group lessons, graduations and summer schools.
Are there group lessons?
For string and flute students the Suzuki Method involves regular group lessons as well as the weekly individual lesson. Piano students are also involved in regular group work within most studios and are encouraged to participate in group activities such as workshops and fun days. The common repertoire enables students to play together giving them valuable ensemble experience and positive reinforcement of skills learned in private lessons. Students enjoy this motivating and social activity.
When should children begin learning?
Ideally, your child’s musical development would parallel his or her language development. Thus, it is possible for your child’s informal musical education, like his or her language development, to begin at home from the moment he or she is born. Formal lessons, either in groups or individually, often begin when a child is ready for formal schooling, either pre-school or kindergarten, between three and six years of age.
What about reading music?
The Mother-Tongue Method recognises that reading music follows the acquisition of good technical and musical skills just as reading a language is learnt after a child can speak fluently. The stage at which the child begins to learn reading music varies according to age and general development. However, it will always be after basic playing skills have been mastered. It is important in the early stages that the auditory senses are fully developed before the visual senses begin to dominate the learning process. Children who read the music too early often don’t listen well to tone, pitch and musicality. Suzuki students are taught to read music and in a full course of study become as adept at sight-reading as students who started their study with the printed page