What are the Differences between
Suzuki and Traditional Methods?
Shinichi Suzuki was born in 1898 in Japan, the son of a Japanese violin maker, and studied violin by the teaching method nowadays called “traditional.”
Dr. Suzuki was a firm believer that every child can learn to play a musical instrument. He was a strong advocate for creating an “environment” where music was fostered and encouraged in every child in the loving, respectful, patient and positive atmosphere.
The basis of his method was on linguistics and how a child learns spoken language. Just as we do not expect a child to read before they can talk, we should not expect a child to read music before they can play music.
The Suzuki student learns to play violin by imitating the teacher or recorded pieces he listens to many times a day. The focus is on posture, tone and developing a love of music. The student masters technical difficulties before he or she learns note reading, just as the student learns to speak before he or she reads.
It is for these reasons that the Suzuki method is often the preferred method for teaching younger children ages 2-4.
In a traditional violin lesson, the student learns to read notes from the beginning. He or she gets comfortable with note reading early on, and become proficient sight reader just in a few years.
Reading music enables the student to participate in youth orchestras, youth bands and learn to play his or her favorite pieces without the music teacher’s assistance.
Which method is better?
Which method did provide the better results?
To date, no study has been able to answer this question.
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