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TSSM General Questions
IS SUZUKI JUST FOR PREPARING STUDENTS FOR A CAREER IN MUSIC?
No. We aim, through the development of excellent musical skills, to nurture character sensitivity, creative expression, and discipline, which will stand a person in good stead no matter what their ultimate path in life.
DO SUZUKI STUDENTS LEARN TO READ MUSIC?
Yes. Reading is taught after basic playing skills, good posture and good tone have been mastered. Exactly the same process is found in the language ability of primary school children.
IS IT MUSICAL TO PLAY IN LARGE GROUPS?
Definitely! Playing in a large group does not take away a student’s individual voice, it teaches important teambuilding and ensemble skills. Professional groups often find this to be one of the hardest skills to master.
HOW YOUNG CAN STUDENTS START?
Children as young as 3 are encouraged to take lessons. The Suzuki Method is specifically designed for young students’ attention spans, helping them grow through music.
WHAT IS THE SUZUKI PHILOSOPHY?
Developed by Japanese educator Shinichi Suzuki, the Suzuki method believes that all students can develop their abilities in music if they learn through a “mother tongue” approach, based on the means by which young children learn their first language. The method prioritizes parental involvement, imitation, repetition, listening, and learning in individual and group settings.
DO I NEED TO BUY AN INSTRUMENT?
No. String instruments are available for rent through the Toledo Symphony and Shar Music. Piano Students will need access to an instrument for regular practice.