Welcome to Suzuki Music Columbus...
"The short definition of the Suzuki Method is high expectations in a pleasant environment" - John Kendall, Suzuki pioneer
Although the program is open to students of all ages, children as young as 3 years old join a program of study on violin, viola or cello at Suzuki Music Columbus. Following Shin’ichi Suzuki’s philosophy of talent education we believe every child can learn and talent can be developed in every child if one creates the right environment.
Children in our Suzuki program will learn a common repertoire of songs in the Suzuki Method books. We teach children music in the way that they learn language, so our language of music will use this vocabulary of the Suzuki songs. We play the songs everyday and fluency develops. Listening to high quality recordings of the songs creates the language-filled environment and further develops ears and musical sensitivity. We know that children listen to language spoken everyday, learn to speak fluently, and then develop literacy and learn to read. In the language of music, the Suzuki student listens to music everyday, becomes musically and technically fluent on the instrument, and then develops music literacy and learns to read music.
The common repertoire means that Suzuki students can easily perform songs together because in a sense they speak the same musical language. In the Suzuki Grand Concert older students begin the concert with an upper level song. Then we “play down” through the repertoire from most advanced to least advanced. Children come to the stage when we reach a song they know. More and more children are added to the stage until the concert concludes with all the children performing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star variations. All over the world Suzuki children can meet and play music together and even if they speak different languages they can share the language of music.
The Suzuki Music Columbus program of study has five important parts:
- Listening – To learn the language of music, students listen to recordings of Suzuki repertoire every day. The high quality model provides a basis for developing artistry, beauty and creativity. Further listening to classical recordings and attending concerts enhances ear training and speeds ability development.
- Weekly private lesson – parent and child attend together to work with the teacher. Beginners have 15 or 30 minute lessons, Book 3 and up students have 45 minute lessons. Advanced students have 60 minute lessons.
- Home Practice – “With love, much can be accomplished” Daily practice guided by the parent is expected and required. In the beginning the daily practice will be 15-20 minutes and entirely guided by the parent. As the student progresses the daily practice time will increase and the students learns to use good practice skills. During this development the parent’s role in home practice gradually changes from active to passive. The parent is still overseeing practice sessions, but the child is starting to make independent good choices and is productive and organized. An advanced student may need to practice several hours per day, and the advanced Suzuki parent role is to be sure they complete assignments, and to offer guidance if needed.
- Tuesday Suzuki Group classes/Ensembles – a peer community and friendships with other Suzuki families develops through our Tuesday afternoon classes. All students and teachers gather for classes to reinforce private lesson and home study. The recital time fosters a positive performance environment and a regular concert experience. The ensembles further develop music literacy and leadership through group performance.
- Performance – weekly solo recitals, group concerts, Grand Concerts, community performances, and tour group, provide opportunities for performance. As a regular part of the Suzuki program, student musicians become comfortable performers.