The Suzuki Method


The Suzuki Method of Talent Education was pioneered by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki more than fifty years ago. He developed what he called the mother-tongue approach to learning to play an instrument based on the principles of language acquisition. Initially children learn language through listening and Suzuki students learn music the same way, learning by rote and only later do they learn to read music. This parallels language development where listening and speaking come first and reading comes later. 

Other tenants of the Suzuki Method include Parental Involvement, Early Beginning (as early as age 3-4 depending on the readiness of the child), Listening, Repetition, Encouragement in a Positive Learning Environment.

For a more detail explanation of the advantages of the Suzuki Method, please visit this webpage:

During the 1970's and 1980's the Suzuki Method was adapted, refined and added to by Carole Bigler and Valery Lloyd Watts. Mark Roth is proud to have learned many of their techniques from their protege Jane Kutscher Reed and to incorporate them into daily teaching and practicing.

Special emphasis is put on reading skills. Unfortunately, in the past many Suzuki Piano students were not taught to read music properly. I even spoke to someone who took Suzuki Piano lessons and was now in her 20’s and she told me she didn’t remember how to play the songs and since she never learned to read music she wouldn’t know how to learn them again. Even worse, this is still happening today with many Suzuki teachers, trained or untrained. With very young beginners who have not begun to read in school, Suzuki is a perfect way to teach them how to play, and to a high degree of achievement as well. But for students who are old enough to read in school they must begin to learn to read music, and the longer they wait the harder it will be.  Suzuki students at the Southwest Columbus Suzuki Piano studio will find themselves reading from lesson books much like a traditional piano student, but unlike the traditional piano student, note reading and lesson books will not be the entire focus and initially students will be performing pieces that will be beyond their current reading capabilities. 

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