Do Suzuki students learn to read music?
Yes, Suzuki students learn to be great music readers! Suzuki is often called the "mother tongue method," because music is taught the same way a child learns their native language. Just as a child learns to speak before they learn to read, a Suzuki music student learns basic technique and music ability before learning to read music.
Is the Suzuki method only for those pursuing a career in music?
While many Suzuki students have gone on to become well-known musicians, the Suzuki method is for all students, regardless of their plans to pursue a career in music. Dr. Suzuki said, "Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart." Our goal at the Javaux Music School is to enrich lives by listening to and playing fine music.
What is the best age to start Suzuki lessons?
While there is no age limit for beginning lessons, the Suzuki method is structured with young students in mind. Historically, the Suzuki method has had great success with students as young as age two and three. The Suzuki method is unique in its focus on children, and realizes that each child is unique and learns at their own pace. To see if your child is ready for lessons, contact us to schedule lesson observations today.
Why does the Suzuki method use a set repertoire?
The Suzuki method uses a set repertoire for each instrument, with each piece teaching a specific skill. This set repertoire provides motivation for students and clear goals. After hearing a more advanced student perform a piece in group class, many a Suzuki child has gone home and practiced diligently, because they could not wait to learn a piece later in the Suzuki repertoire! The set Suzuki repertoire also opens doors to incredible opportunities for Suzuki students to play together with other students who may not know one another, or even the same language, but who all know the same music.