About the Suzuki Method
The Philosophy is what makes the Suzuki Method different from other forms of education, specifically other methods of music instruction. The most important message is simply this:
All Children Have Talent!
We can support this statement with the following ideas:
1 - The environment, rather than genetic background, will determine the success or failure of the student.
2 - Dr. Suzuki observed that every child learns his or her native tongue in the first few years of life by listening to and imitating the mother's voice. Dr. Suzuki calls this the "mother tongue" approach to learning. We now know that the same process can be used to teach music.
3 - We are most successful when we break each new skill into the smallest possible steps, affirming and supporting each attempt with positive reinforcement.
4 - The purpose of music instruction is not to create professional musicians, but to develop the whole child through the study of music. Dr. Suzuki’s goal was not simply to develop professional musicians, but to nurture loving human beings and help develop each child’s character through the study of music.