Suzuki Education, also known as the “Mother Tongue Approach,” is a teaching philosophy based on Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki’s observation that all children speak their own language with ease and proficiency at a very young age. Instructors utilizing the Suzuki method believe that “musical ability” is not an inborn talent, but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue.
- Lessons are scheduled with instructors through the Extension Division Office.
- Students may select lesson durations of 30–45 or 60 minutes
- Parents of young students should plan to attend private lessons. This is an important component of childhood music education
- Participation in a Group Class is recommended, in addition to private lessons.
- Group classes are not allowed in place of private lessons.
- Instructors organize group classes according to the availability of students of suitable age and level; registration will follow the organization of a class. Thus, an instructor will learn the availability of students to attend the group class and will coordinate a regular class meeting time, pending the instructor’s schedule and the availability of appropriate Mason Gross facilities. The Extension Division office will then enroll students in the group class.
- Group classes are offered in all instruments utilizing Suzuki-based instruction.
- Group classes are scheduled by consensus between instructor and the Suzuki student’s family.
- The group class schedule will typically be set a week or two in advance of the semester start.
- It is recommended that students proceed with private lesson registration, waiting to register for the group class after having been in touch with the instructor to determine the group class schedule.