The Suzuki Method

The Suzuki Method is an internationally recognized, respected, and proven music curriculum  -- and teaching philosophy -- developed by Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki. The method aims to create a total environment for learning music which mimics the way a person learns their native language.

 

One MUST be a registered teacher of the Suzuki Method in order to appropriately and fully realize the benefits of the method, and in order to appropriately and thoroughly teach students. The Suzuki Method goes beyond simple music lessons and incorporates immersion into the musical community, memorization and ear-training, the importance of playing well in a group of  musicians, and frequent public performance. A key portion of the method involves starting children very young, though the benefits of the Suzuki Method can be enjoyed by students young and young-at-heart!

“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.”

 

 

 

-Shinichi Suzuki

One of the things that Suzuki noticed while developing the Suzuki Method was the way the children acquire languages. As a struggling student of German, he noted that children pick up their native language quickly, even when their native language is a dialect that adults might consider "difficult".  These dialects are spoken with ease by children at age five or six, and oftentimes even earlier. He reasoned that if children have the skill to acquire their even these complex languages, then they certainly had all of the necessary faculties to learn music.

Suzuki pioneered the idea that children in preschool could learn to play the violin if the steps were broken down into manageable enough parts, and the instrument itself was scaled to fit their bodies. He modelled this method, called "Talent Education" (才能教育 sainō kyōiku) after these theories of language acquisition. He believed that every child, if properly taught, was capable of high levels of musical achievement and ability. In his mind, the goal of musical education was to raise generations of children with an appreciation for music and the arts, creating "noble hearts", as opposed to musical prodigies.

Though initially developed for the violin, the Suzuki Method now encompasses more than ten instruments, including vocal instruction. Here at Cynthia Ferris Music Studio, Mrs. Cynthia proudly teaches Suzuki Flute and Suzuki Piano.

 

Suzuki Flute

The flute repertoire is compiled and edited by Toshio Takahashi. In fourteen volumes, beginning with Mary Had a Little Lamb and ending in the Flute Concerto by Otaka. Also included are concerti by Mozart, Cimarosa, Ibert and Quantz. Students also study music by Bach, Handel, Blavet, Fauré and other major composers.

Suzuki Piano

 Books 2 and up introduce students to traditional repertoire in all four musical peroids: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary.  Composers include: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi, Bartok, Burgmuller, Schubert, Schumann and many more.