Why Take Suzuki Lessons?

With an abundance of private music teachers and music schools in the area, why choose “Suzuki” lessons?

There are numerous advantages of taking lessons with a registered Suzuki teacher, and being involved with a collective group of other students:

1.       Suzuki teachers believe that every child can learn to play music. While some children may adapt more quickly or more sensitively than others, we believe each child develops at his or her own rate, and every child can learn to play well, regardless of the level they reach. Students are nurtured in a self-esteem building atmosphere of love, with much patience and positive reinforcement.

2.       Suzuki Niagara’s teachers specialize in teaching very young children, and have carefully developed the progression from games with a box violin/cello and bow, all the way up to Twinkle, all the while pacing lessons appropriately to create a fun and stimulating environment for children.

3.       Parents are given the tools to create a successful practicing routine at home, reinforcing what is taught by the teacher each week. With young children, successful practicing is dependent almost entirely on the parent, and this responsibility is gradually passed on to the student as they get older.

4.       Students first learn to play pieces with a beautiful sound and great rhythm before they are introduced to their notated representation on the page. This correspondes to how children learn to speak their native language before they can read it. Listening, watching, and feeling the response of an instrument in order to create a pleasant sound allocates nearly all of the resources of a beginning student’s mind, and note-reading can easily over-complicate things. Suzuki students first learn to play music using their ears, not by reading and decoding notes.

5.       Students spend the vast majority of their time learning pieces, not repetitive technical exercises. These pieces are part of a common repertoire, that all beginning Suzuki students learn, and are tuneful and appeal to young children. By sharing a common repertoire, this allows for children to play together in a group setting easily, as they all know the same music!

6.       Suzuki students have the opportunity to frequently perform in a non-judgemental environment, and excel at memorization. Because all students play “by ear” from the very beginning, they are comfortable using their memory, rather than being reliant on reading from a sheet. This ear-oriented approach to music establishes important skills that aid in learning composition or improvisation.