Suzuki's dream of educating the human spirit grew from having witnessed some of the worst things that humans can do to each other, in WWII. Japan was not only defeated but devastated, broken and profoundly traumatised, and many children had lost their parents. Suzuki wanted to bring those children a sense of beauty and accomplishment that would help them overcome the circumstances, and that would give them hope for the future. So, the purpose of the worldwide Suzuki movement is to raise better people to help build a better world.
This purpose speaks to me and everything I do as a Suzuki Teacher has the underlying objective of helping children to become fine, loving, caring, respectful adults. The instrument the child learns is the vehicle towards achieving this goal.
So, I fully incorporate the Suzuki Philosophy in my home studio, which at the most basic practical level means students start when they are 3 years old (although it's never too late, and I do teach adults!); they have a weekly individual and a weekly group lesson; parents are present and participate in the lessons, and practice with their children at home; we learn to play the instrument by ear before learning to read music (which we do using the Music Mind Games innovative games and materials); we build a repertoire of pieces that we can play beautifully by heart; and most importantly; we collaborate to create a positive and encouraging learning environment build on respect, trust and love.
You can learn more about all things Suzuki through the European Suzuki Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the British Suzuki Institute. And of course, you can drop me a line or give me a call on 07931128137.