The Suzuki Method

The Suzuki method is a very special way of teaching music that was developed in the 1940’s by the violinist educator and humanitarian Dr Shinichi Suzuki. It is based on the theory that, if all children can naturally learn to speak their own language to a high level, they can also learn other skills, such as playing the flute, in the same way.

Dr Suzuki believed that although children develop at different rates and to different degrees every child can develop their musical ability to a high level as they do with language. This has proved to be the case everywhere in the world where his method is used.

The purpose of the Suzuki Method is to develop a child’s natural love of music and to nurture their musical talents for their own enjoyment. It also aids in the development of concentration, self discipline, co ordination and self esteem. Many Suzuki trained pupils have become professional musicians but all have an understanding and love of music.

The aim of the Suzuki method is to make it easy for all children to learn and to enjoy making music to the best of their ability. Suzuki teachers believe that all children can derive great benefit from learning to play music, benefits that will extend into other parts of their lives, educationally and socially.

For more information about the Suzuki Method please click on the following links or contact Julia Bentley-Dawkes or the British Suzuki Institute.




Role of Parent

How the Child Learns


To read some excellent articles covering different aspects of the Suzuki Method click on the link below.

EPTA Piano Professional, January 2007, edited by Jenny Macmillan