“More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.” (1)
At Mile High Academy (MHA) we are dedicated to the idea that every child can learn, it is part of our own vision. Incorporating the Suzuki string program into our curriculum is a natural addition to the core programs that build the whole child.
At MHA we follow the primary aspects of the Suzuki Associations prescribed methods for teaching and implementing best practices in order for each child to achieve to the best of their ability. Some of these aspects include the following:
- Incorporate the Suzuki philosophy in the child’s life
- by realizing every child can learn
- by creating a positive, supportive learning environment
- by encouraging noble human values and
- by encouraging positive personal, social and education values
- Use a common sequenced repertoire for all instruments
- Memorize the repertoire
- Review the repertoire to develop technical skills and musical expression
- Teach small step instruction of each skill
- Teach and reinforce mastery of each skill
- Teach group lessons in the “Suzuki Style”
- Promote daily listening and aural exposure to Suzuki repertoire and other good music
- Develop posture and basic technique before introducing note reading (2)
At MHA your child will receive twice weekly lessons and learn repertoire by listening and by rote. Your child’s teacher will encourage home listening and parent involvement. Music reading is postponed until basic technique and intonation are developed. Music reading is taught separately from instrument technique. (3)
The Suzuki String program is an “Every Child Can” program. This means that whether your goal is to develop the whole child through creating a love for music, developing beautiful tone, good posture, intonation or you want your child to have fun through musical play, the Suzuki String program is for every child.
After one year the musically trained children performed better in a memory test that is correlated with general intelligence skills such as literacy, verbal memory, visiospatial processing, mathematics and IQ. (4) This study was done on students who took Suzuki classes and those who did not and saw brain changes in as little as four months. Along with brain growth, your child will develop Self-confidence, Motivation and Discipline when they follow the Suzuki Strings program as it is taught at MHA.