While studying violin in Germany, Shinichi Suzuki was struck by the fact that German children learned to speak German fluently at their mother's knee. Just as Japanese children absorbed the dialect of the parents, all children in the world learned their native language effortlessly by listening to the adults and children in their environment. This realization led Suzuki to analyze mother tongue learning and apply the same characteristics to the study of music and later all subjects. It includes much listening, repetition, praise and performance. No word is discarded and learning accelerates with practice. Adults must wait for readiness.
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898 - 1998)
Renowned Japanese violinist and teacher Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, studied how children learn for over fifty years. Encouraged by their ability to assimilate the “mother tongue”, he saw a great opportunity to enrich children’s lives through music. His primary goal was not only to teach young people to play musical instruments. Rather, he recognized the unique contribution music can make in the total learning process. His goals for all children included development of the whole child, unfolding the natural potential to learn and becoming a good and happy person.
“In 1993, Dr Suzuki and the Board of Directors of the International Suzuki Association (ISA) approved the curriculum developed by Dorothy Jones and Sharon Jones and named their school in London, Ontario as the first World Centre for Suzuki Early Childhood Education Teacher Training.”
During the early childhood years,birth through age 5, every moment is an opportunity for children to learn more about the world around them, to practise social skills, and to gain critical thinking skills and knowledge. Early childhood experiences lay the foundation for all later learning and determine whether or not children succeed in school and later life.
If we care about our children, then we must ensure that all young children enjoy an early childhood that prepares them to take full advantage of their educational opportunities and to become effective citizens, capable workers, and loving parents of the next generation.
In the Suzuki Method, children thrive in an environment
of total support. Suzuki students develop confidence and self-esteem,
determination to try difficult things, self-discipline, and concentration.
As well, they acquire a lasting enjoyment of music, and the sensitivity
and skills necessary for making music.
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