Musically rich, rewarding repertoire that maximizes multifaceted musical growth,
in a nurturing, enjoyable, natural language-learning environment.
* Parent Involvement and The Suzuki teacher-student-parent Triangle partnership
* Beginning music training early. (ex. four)
* Listening. As a natural language approach listening to music and the Suzuki repertoire daily accelerates the learning to mastery process.
* Musical vocabulary. Maintaining ability to play music through repetition, while adding new music.
* Encouragement. Creating a "failure free" zone of sound and art exploration, with a high musical ability expectation end-goal. "The expectation is high, the timeline is long." ~ Suzuki
* Repertoire that expands playing abilities with every piece; saves much of the wasted time and boredom at literature found in other method books.
* Learning music as we do our native language, to speak and to move, then to read. Theory lessons are woven into the repertoire.
* Learning with others. Being a part of Suzuki, we have a worldwide community to tap in to.
Shinichi Suzuki was born 1898 in Japan,
the grandson of a samurai, son of a businessman,
the first in Japan to make violins in Nagoya.
During his 8 year stay in Berlin studying violin with Karl Klingler, his friends included Albert Einstein, and shaped his views on excellence and human potential. Most importantly were his discoveries of natural language-learning based musical talent cultivation.
Suzuki Sensei was professor at The Imperial School of Music in Tokyo. After the bombings of Japan, he established a music school, in Matsumoto-shi in 1946. By 1964 a tour group of students from the Talent Education Institute amazed American audiences with their abilities and beautiful performances as such young musicians. By 1975, the Suzuki approach began growing in America and the first world convention was held in Hawaii, with musicians from Japan, Australia and the U.S.
His worldwide legacy in advancing education earned him the highest of honors in many countries. The legacy he wanted most though, was to create a more peaceful and loving world through the cultivation of musical talents.
"is a unique educational organization which has been teaching small children violin, piano, cello, and flute from early childhood in accordance with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s basic philosophy that “All children grow; it depends on how they are raised”. This philosophy is the basis on what Dr. Suzuki calls “Mother- tongue Education”. Just as the ability to speak one’s native language is not inborn, circumstances develop one’s abilities-including musical talent. Dr. Suzuki encourages parents to follow the same method they use when they teach their mother tongue to their children. Basically, this is to include it as part of the child’s daily environment using repetition of small easy to master steps and building upon them.
In the 1930s, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki taught violin in his home and brought up fine violinists Toshiya Eto, Koji Toyoda, and others. These experiences lead to the establishment of the “Matsumoto Music School” in Matsumoto, Nagano Japan in 1946. Through the efforts of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and his sympathizers “Talent Education” gradually increased its influence and by 1949 there were several branches of violin classes teaching children under the same philosophy. Finally in1950 the “Talent Education Research Institute” became an organization known and authorized by the Ministry of Education.
At present, approximately 20,000 Japanese children between the ages of 3 and 18 are studying violin, piano, cello, and flute, etc. at various classes throughout Japan from more than 1,400 Talent Education Research Institute instructors. Overseas, the number of Suzuki children are also increasing in 38 countries. There are more than 400,000 children studying under Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy in the world.
“Talent Education” has often been misunderstood as education for “gifted children”, however, it absolutely is not. It is an educational system which develops the inborn potentiality that all children equally possess. “Talent Education” is not limited to the study of music as it can be applied to the study of anything. However, through music ones potential can be developed to a very high level while developing beautiful hearts. The purpose of the “Talent Education Research Institute” is to provide a healthy foundation with which small children can create a beautiful world with a respect for human life and cultural heritage and to become healthy citizens of the entire world."
*copyright Talent Education Research Institute, Japan,
english translation shared for educational purposes.
Thankful to be able to make the pilgrimage.