Updated: Aug 12
There is an abundance of pedagogical methods for teaching a musical instrument. None of them are remotely as effective for the young musician as The Suzuki Method. In this post, I'll explain why.
The proof is in the pudding
For the whole 21st century, The Suzuki method has produced the greatest legacy of leading classical musicians in the world. This means the most 1st chair violinists and soloist musicians in the world. This alone speaks volumes to the efficacy of the program however if we look deeper there is even greater merit. Many of these musicians were accepted into orchestras in countries (and continents) they were not native to. This does not sound surprising to us now with the mixing of cultures we are used to. Back in the mid 1900's however, this was a real anomaly.
This is the method I learned and it opened doors for me
When I was 4 years old I began learning this method and when I became a teenager and later an adult, it became clear that I had gained technique and prowess that was rare for my generation. I was able to skip classes in university and skip waiting lists at conservatory thanks to the technique and skill gained with this method.
This is the only method that addresses the character development of the child
While the method is certainly a strong path into the professional world of music, not all student choose to take a career in music. It is important that this is considered and the lesson does not solely focus on the craft, but also a larger experience. The universal experience of being a human trying to create something beautiful in themselves.
What do you think?
My experience has lead me to form a great attachment to this method especially as I see it build such beautiful hearts and minds in my students. Do you agree? Do you recommend another method? Please comment and share below.