Have you ever found yourself telling a friend or acquaintance about the activities your child is involved in?
"Mike is in 2nd grade, plays soccer, and does Suzuki cello."
"Suzuki cello? What does that mean?"
Here's the short answer:
Suzuki cello is more than just studying the cello. It's a hands-on lifestyle where parents play as large a role as the teacher. We show up and try our best, sometimes learning cello skills, sometimes learning life skills, and sometimes deepening character traits along the way. We have a community of cello families that support and learn from one another.
To deepen your understanding, here’s a slightly longer explanation: Sometimes it becomes difficult to differentiate between the Suzuki method and the Suzuki philosophy. The method (sequential repertoire) was not intended without the footing of its educational philosophy. It was developed by a Japanese violinist and educator named Shinichi Suzuki. Shortly after World War II, Suzuki wanted to make the world a better place. Teaching children to become noble human beings through music was his answer.
Suzuki believed all children possessed unlimited potential to learn and could develop musical ability from a very young age. Within the context of a nurturing environment created by parents and teachers, students hone their musical, learning, and people skills. What's more is that the students are immersed within a musical community to inspire their progress and effort.
Suzuki study is giving children the realization that their own effort is the key to everything.
Suzuki study gives children opportunity to develop grit through perseverance and passion.
Suzuki study develops character first and ability second.
Suzuki study is a lifestyle of lifelong learning for all those who participate - child, parent, teacher, and community.