Simply-Suzuki embraces the philosophy of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. The student, teacher and parent form a learning triangle. The parent attends weekly private and group lessons with the student, creates a positive, immersion learning environment and leads daily listening and practice sessions. No prior music or teaching experience is necessary.
THE SUZUKI PHILOSOPHY
Suzuki realized that children all over the world learn to speak their native tongue easily. He applied the principles of language acquisition to learning music. He called it "The Mother Tongue Approach".
Parents are VIPs in their childrens eyes. They are a childs first teacher. Children naturally imitate their parents.
Parents learn to play violin before the child so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do. Parents attend lessons with the child and serve as "home teachers" during the week. Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment.
The early years are crucial for devoloping mental processes and muscle coordination. Listening to music should begin at birth. Formal training may begin at kindergarten. Younger siblings can start as young as 2 and 3 years old. It's never too late to begin.
Children learn words after hearing them spoken hundreds of times by others. Listening to music every day is crucial, especially listening to the suzuki repetoire so the child can sing the song before they learn to play.
As with language, the child's effort should be met with sincere praise. Each
child learns at their own pace.
In addition to private lessons, children participate in group lessons and performance. Group builds community. We play games and learn group dynamics. It is a place to learn from and motivate each other.
Children learn to read after they master speech. In the same way, children master playing their instrument before learning to read music. After a child is successfully playing and reading at school, music note reading is introduced.