What is the Suzuki Method?
The key concept of the Suzuki Method is the Suzuki Triangle. The teacher and the parent create the foundation of the triangle; they work together
to create a positive and successful experience for the child. The respect and commitment
between the teacher and parent is vital for the child's success. Just as parents are
involved when their children learn to speak, they are also very involved in the musical
learning of their child.
- Listening: The Suzuki Method develops your child's ear and technique before involving note reading; listening daily to their pieces is very important. Surrounding your child with music helps them become knowledgeable about good tone (sound) and musicianship.
- Step-by-Step Theory: Skills are broken down into small segments easily mastered by the student. Each step is securely learned before moving on; old skills are used as building blocks for new skills. Encouragement and positive reinforcement at every step fosters confidence and pride and ensures your child feels successful all along the way. Since each child is an individual and treated as such, your child successfully progresses at his or her own pace.
- Repetition: Skills are mastered through creative repetition, positive encouragement and daily practice.
- Environment: It is important to create a positive and nurturing environment, both in lessons and at home. Children will flourish if they are met with positive encouragement and praise.
The ultimate goal of the Suzuki Method is not to create excellent violinists, but as Dr. Suzuki said "create beautiful human beings." Children who go through the Suzuki Method not only learn the value of dedication and patience, but also acquire confidence and strong self-esteem.
- 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.
Suzuki Strings at USC
Suzuki Strings at USC, directed by Dr. Rebecca Hunter, provides private and group lessons in the Suzuki method for violin, cello and, our new offering, guitar, to children ages three and above.
Suzuki students participate in both a weekly private lesson and a group class. Group classes take place for all students on Saturday mornings in the String Project Building (851 Park Street Columbia, SC 29208). Private lesson times are scheduled by the parent and teacher.
Suzuki Strings at USC has two terms that include a weekly private lesson and group class for the students. The fall term is September through December (12 weeks) and spring term is January through May (17 weeks).
Before enrolling your child in the Suzuki Strings program, please contact director, Rebecca Hunter, and she will put you in touch with your private teacher.
Parents are considered the “home teacher” and are required to attend the weekly private lessons with their children. They are responsible for helping establish their child's daily practice routine and working with them on reinforcing the concepts and exercises assigned by the instructor. During the lesson, the parent is asked to take notes to ensure they fully understand the assignments. If the parent's questions have not been answered during the lesson, we encourage them to contact the teacher at a later time to address their questions.
Group classes motivate, inspire and provide students with the opportunity to create music with their peers. Younger students look up to older students for inspiration, and older students can work on their leadership skills and ensemble playing. Group class teachers work on common skills through games and exercises.
Interested families are invited to observe our Saturday morning group classes and attend our free concerts.