The Suzuki Method was developed by Japanese violinist, Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) and has been taught in the United States for over 50 years. The philosophy is based on the following core principals.
Suzuki believed that all children can learn music just as all children learn to speak their native language. Children spend the first year of their lives listening to their parents speak, then saying small sounds, then put sounds together to form words and eventually, after countless repetition and practice, learn to speak full sentences. In much the same way, children learn to play an instrument.
The parent is the most important and influential person in a young child’s life. Therefore, the parent is the student’s primary teacher. In the Suzuki Method, parents learn the basic skills of the instrument along with their child in order to be the “home teacher” throughout the week. Each small success of the student is met with praise and encouragement from both the teacher and parent, promoting a warm nurturing environment that inspires the child. This parental involvement fosters an intense, loving bond between the parent and child that grows stronger over the years.
Students play music with their peers in a weekly group class. Group classes provide the opportunity for children to learn from each other, be inspired by other children, learn how to play as a group and how to follow a leader. Cooperation, encouragement, and good social behavior are taught organically. Group classes provide parents with the opportunity to meet other families, swap ideas, and build a musical network.
The Ridgefield Suzuki School offers violin, viola, cello, flute and piano lessons and group classes in the Suzuki Method as well as early childhood music classes. We strive to provide a nurturing environment where students develop lifelong learning skills, musical excellence and a profound love of music!