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How does Talent Education differ from other methods of teaching music to children?

Thoughtful teachers have often used some of the elements listed here, but Suzuki has formulated them in a cohesive approach. Some basic differences are:

  • Suzuki teachers believe that musical ability can be developed in all children.

  • Students begin at young ages.

  • Parents play an active role in the learning process.

  • Children become comfortable with the instrument before learning to read music.

  • Technique is taught in the context of pieces rather than through dry technical exercises.

  • Pieces are refined through constant review.

  • Students perform frequently, individually and in groups.


How do I choose a teacher for my child?

See our guide for more details on choosing a Suzuki teacher.


What instruments are taught through the Suzuki approach?


Suzuki originally developed his method for his own instrument, the violin. Materials are now available for viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, harp, guitar, recorder and voice. Pineland Suzuki School teaches violin, viola, cello, and guitar.

The main concern for parents should be to bring up their children as noble human beings. That is sufficient. If this is not their greatest hope, in the end the child may take a road contrary to their expectations. Children can play very well. We must try to make them splendid in mind and heart also.

—Shinichi Suzuki


For additional information about the Suzuki Method, please visit Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Maine Suzuki Association websites.

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