The Triangle Method
"Man is the child of his environment." -Shinichi Suzuki
The Suzuki Triangle, or "Triangle Method", is made up of the three people involved in the Suzuki Method: the student, the teacher, and the parent. All three of these people are considered equally important and the triangle does not put more emphasis on any one member than another. It takes all three to help the student be successful on their journey. This is why parental involvement in Suzuki lessons is so vastly important, and why we at Cynthia Man Music Studio require parents to be present for lessons.
At various points, the person at the "top" of the triangle changes. In lessons, it is the teacher. At home, it is the parent. And, in time and as the student learns and becomes accustomed to independent practise and self-motivation, it is the student at the top. The triangle rotates, constantly and consistently, and it is this rotation and emphasis on all these areas (lessons, home practise, and self-motivation) that fosters the environment of learning and growing as a musician.
In lessons, where the teacher is at the top of the triangle, the teacher introduces new concepts and ideas. They teach new pieces of music and help the student to understand various parts of music theory. They correct and explain, they offer new opportunities for growth, learning, and performance.
At home, where the parent is at the top of the triangle, the parent encourages and supports their child and supplements the teacher's instruction. Because the parent has been present for the lesson and is an active part of the learning process, the parent is able to also offer correction and explanation. They are able to assist their child in cementing the new knowledge that they've acquired, and provide a loving and supportive environment that helps to instill the life-long love of music and beauty the Suzuki Method promotes.
In their own time, the student is able to become the top of their triangle. Especially in their later years, as a teenager and beyond, the student develops self-motivation and a desire to develop their musicianship and skill. They are able to make even more progress with their lessons or performance pieces, discover new pieces of music and expand on the theories that their teacher has provided and their parent has supported. They have the confidence they need, the loving environment to grow, and the knowledge necessary to continue to nurture their personal relationship with their instrument and their music far beyond the traditional structure of lessons.
The Suzuki Method and the Triangle Method are beautiful things. Through these ideas, Miss Cynthia believes she is constantly learning and becoming a better person and a better teacher through this relationship with her students and their parents. Parents develop a closer bond and a point of commonality with their child or children and are able to enjoy watching their child flourish. The student themselves develops a confidence and pride in themselves, a trust that their parent will support them, and a respect for their teacher and teachers in their future and in other areas of their lives.
Miss Cynthia is proud to be a Suzuki teacher, and thoroughly loves helping parents and students on their journey to having "a beautiful heart".