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The Suzuki approach is based upon how language skills are learned and developed. It begins with shaping and nurturing a learning environment
that leads to success. The parent, teacher and child form a respectful partnership in learning. In the
lessons the parent is asked to take notes about what is being learned and the specific achievable goals to work toward at home
during the week. The key to successful practicing at home is to approach complex tasks as a series
of small achievable steps, and to use repetition games to help master each step. Celebrating each small
step with your child leads to celebrating big accomplishments.
Learning to speak a language from a grammar book without
ever hearing the language is nearly impossible. Children face similar struggles and frustrations when they try to play without
hearing a good performance or recording of the music they're trying to create. All Suzuki guitar music is available
on CD, and frequent listening to the recordings of the music helps guide the learning process.
to speak words before they learn to read. The Suzuki approach delays reading music until the student is comfortable with the
instrument and can play several pieces by ear. Then students begin learning how to become good readers
After learning new words we continue to use them while adding additional words to our vocabulary. As students
learn new pieces of music, they are encouraged to review and continue to improve their previously learned pieces. Regular
participation in group or ensemble classes (in addition to the weekly individual lessons) provides opportunities for students
to share what they are learning and to be motivated by each other's progress.
Developing good habits begins at the
first lesson, with complex tasks broken into small manageable steps.
The Suzuki approach applies the same principles
that accomplished professional musicians use every day, but incorporates them into the learning process from the beginning of lessons.
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