T h e  S u z u k i  M e t h o d

The Suzuki Method is one of the most popular learning methods for music students in the world. Dr. Suzuki believed that every child was capable of learning the violin, provided they had the proper learning environment in which to do so. Stemming from the simple realization that all Japanese children learned to speak Japanese by listening to their parents, imitating their parents' speech, and reproducing the words they heard, Dr. Suzuki applied this same "mother-tongue" method to his violin teaching. Suzuki students start learning an instrument in much the same way they learn to speak their language: listening, imitation, and repetition. Below are some other key concepts that help make the Suzuki Method so effective:

  • The Parent-Teacher-Student Triangle

  • Positive Learning Environment

  • Delayed Reading

  • Set Repertoire

  • Group Class

  • Review

  • Listening

  • Early Beginnings 

To learn more about the Suzuki Method, please visit the Suzuki Association website.

My Teaching Philosophy

As a registered Suzuki instructor, I strive to bring the principles of the Suzuki Method into my studio. My goal with all of my students is to help develop a beautiful tone in their playing and to provide them with strong technical foundation on which to add new concepts and skills. I believe in fostering creativity and curiosity in lessons, and that by encouraging students to ask questions, I am preparing them to be their own best teacher!

I also believe that we grow the most when we can be and feel part of a community. To that end, I consider group classes to be an essential element of my students' education and development. To learn more about group classes, please visit the Violin & Viola Studio page. Additionally, I am happy to discuss more about these classes in lessons!

© 2019 by Courtney Bonifant