About the Suzuki Method

The Suzuki Method has several names. One name is the ‘Mother Tongue Method’ since Suzuki learning resembles the process a baby goes through in learning to speak.

A baby listens to talking for several months before attempting to speak. Even though the first attempts may not really sound like words, the parents are thrilled that their baby is trying to talk. They encourage the baby by praising all efforts to speak, and by repeating the sounds the baby makes. The process of learning to talk is not a quick one. However, it picks up speed as the baby builds on the sounds that they have already learned.

This process of learning to talk is the model for Suzuki, or the ‘Mother Tongue Method’. Students listen daily to recordings of music they are to play. At first, they learn simple steps related to playing the recorder, and repeat the steps until they feel comfortable with them. Praise and encouragement from teacher and parents, plus music games and activities, make the learning process fun and rewarding for the student.

Key Elements of the Suzuki Method

    • Daily Listening: A recording of the famous recorder player, Marion Verbrüggen, playing the repertoire, is played daily at home or in school
    • Step-by-Step: Every technique used in playing the recorder is slowly introduced and practised with many repetitions
    • Good Tone: From the beginning the student learns to produce a beautiful tone on his or her instrument, and to play with musical expression
    • Parental Involvement: The parent becomes the home teacher and plays an essential role in the motivation and guidance of the student
    • Observation: Both in individual and group lessons, the student learns by observing more advanced students
    • Frequent ‘performances’: At home, with friends, with the teacher and at annual concerts, students experience themselves as performers and gain confidence
    • Reading Music: At first, reading is playfully taught, away from the instrument and sight-reading skills are developed with supplementary and seasonal music