Learning by Listening
The Suzuki method is based on listening and
was developed in Japan after WWII.
The science is based on the "Mother Tongue" method. Children imitate the sound that they hear from their parents at an early age, and the same principles are applied with the Suzuki Method as the child learns to mimic and play by ear from a recording.
Listening is an important part of development and leads to performance improvement. Throughout the learning process, emphasis is placed on the importance of "intonation". Doing so only serves to enhance a child's ability and musical skills from an early age. The Suzuki method is divided into several books for different instruments varying in range from beginners level to advanced.
Most of the works provided in Suzuki literature are classical compositions written by some of the greatest and most revered composers of all time including Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Beethoven and many others.
The Suzuki Method
Giving music lessons to a child increases their ability to perform the types of reasoning required in science, literature, and many other subjects. Memorization is also developed which helps the child to apply musical technique in memorization of schoolwork.
Learning by Repetition
Repetition is a strong element of the Suzuki Method.
In effect, a student will "master" Book 1 only when he or she completes Book 3. In comparison with the traditional method of learning wherein the student begins a new piece only to forget the previous one; the Suzuki method utilizes repetition built into the structure of the Suzuki books to help the child build a repertoire of works to last throughout his or her lifetime.
It is important that the parent assist the child in every capacity by attending the lessons, taking notes during each practice session, using the learning CD at home, and by working daily with your child as this is very important in the development of the child's musical ability.