As a student, I benefitted from both Suzuki and traditional instruction. I strongly recommend the Suzuki approach for young beginners, but also know a more traditional approach may be better for older beginners or advanced students. I work with both!
What is Suzuki? A method of learning the violin based on how we learn language - naturally!
What Makes it Unique? The method is based on the belief that all children can learn - talent is nurtured, not born. The Suzuki method:
- moves at the pace of the child
- get kids playing quickly
- combines private lessons and ensemble playing
- trains the whole body - ears, eyes, and hands
- include parents - family learning opportunity!
When is a Traditional Approach Better?
- Kindergarten and elementary-age children typically love the early Suzuki pieces, but adolescent and adult beginners may prefer to start with a different curriculum
- Students who are already quite advanced may benefit from supplemental technical studies, or may wish to study standard works not included in the Suzuki curriculum
- In either method, however, my core philosophy remains the same: talent is nurtured, and teaching is always tailored to the individual