What is the Suzuki Method?

        The Suzuki method was created by and named after Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. To read more about the life of Dr. Suzuki,  click here or read  
    the book, "Nurtured by Love." The Suzuki method is now being taught all over the world, to hundreds of thousands of children. It is widely 
    recognized as a highly successful method for teaching very young children to play music. There are several basic principles in the Suzuki
    Method which are outlined below.


Mother Tongue Approach

        The Suzuki method is often referred to as the Mother Tongue Approach. In the Suzuki method we try to teach music the same way we   
    "teach" language. Just as we learn to speak our mother tongue well before we can read or write, students in the Suzuki method also
    learn to play music and develop a level of instrumental competence before they read music on the instrument. Just as a baby is
    surrounded by language, so must the Suzuki student be immersed in the music they will study. The student listens daily to a recording of
    the music they will study, hopefully many times a day. Knowing the music intimately frees the student to be concerned with the quality of
    the tone they create, and with the technical accuracy and efficiency of their playing. 

        Everyone understands that their child will become literate in their mother tongue, and the situation is no different for the Suzuki 
    student. We expect them to develop full competence in music literacy. If you have heard that students in the Suzuki Method do not read
    music, you have heard incorrectly. Historically there have been teachers associating themselves with the Suzuki method who did not
    teach music reading, but they were not Suzuki teachers. Any worthwhile method should demand the student become musically literate,
    and the Suzuki method is clearly worthwhile in this regard!


Parental Importance
       The importance of the parent in this method is impossible to overstate. Since young children are incapable of making long term
    commitments, it is the parent's responsibility to make the commitment on behalf of the child. The parent is committing to regular
    attendance at two lessons per week, daily practice with the child, and daily listening to the recorded music. In the Stephen Bondy Guitar
    Studio, the parent who assumes responsibility for the daily practice (hereafter referred to as the "Home Coach) will attend four Home
    Coach training sessions where they will learn the tools they need to help their child succeed. This includes information about the Suzuki
    method, the rudiments of playing the instrument, strategies for practicing with their child and a great deal of moral support! The Home
    Coach is embarking upon a fantastic journey with their child, and these sessions are designed to prepare the parent and child for success.















                Ty at age seven...a little happy!                       Duncan & Carlos in a duo recital                     Rebecca & Jaden during group class


Small Steps

        The repertoire in the Suzuki method is designed in such a way that the child can progress from music that is very simple, to very
    demanding repertoire, always with a feeling of mastery. The student will take small incremental steps which lead to thorough confidence
    and mastery on the instrument. The job of a Suzuki teacher is to take the smallest task and break it down even further for a student. We
    need the student to feel confident andsecure, not frustrated. The repertoire is arranged very well to accomplish this task, as generally
    speaking, each piece presents one new demand on the student, so the student is free to focus on the one new issue, as the previous
    issues are completely assimilated into their playing mechanism. It is a well researched pedagogy and is reaping benefits for thousands of
    children.


Private One-On-One lessons and Bi-Weekly Group Class

        In the Suzuki studio, the child will attend one lesson each week. This lesson will be a private lesson where the student is given very
    specific personal instruction on how to play the instrument. The bi-weekly lesson is a group lesson where the student has the opportunity
    to play his/her instrument and learn more about music in the company of peers. The group lesson is a brilliant motivating force for children.
    It allows them to see other children their own age doing what they are doing. The group does not introduce negative competition in

    anyway, but rather the children come to rejoice in their friend's accomplishments. While different students may be at different levels in the

    repertoire, they are all continually working on excellent tone, ease of playing, and beautiful musicality and having fun making music

    together!


















              ASG Students at The Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute in PA             Alex after her graduation recital with

              with instructor Mark Marston.                                                     parents Steve & Michele.                                           


Better People Through Music

        Dr. Suzuki was adamant that he was not trying to create an army of super children with freakish musical abilities. He was not even

    trying to create professional musicians. Rather, he felt that the study of music helped to create beautiful people. Surely continued study of
    beautiful music must penetrate deep into children's beings and create warmer, fuller, more beautiful people. We hope to create a lifelong
    love of music and beauty, but the end goal is that this beauty manifest itself in the children. As simplistic and perhaps idealistic as it 
    sounds, we hope to create a better world through the study of music.

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   -These are one-to-one lessons at our studios located in Williamsville.

    -We offer lessons in Suzuki, Classical & Acoustic guitar for:

        1. Young students from age 3 and up.

        2. Adults from beginner to advanced levels.



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             Guitar Quartet: Sarah, Alex, Wladi & Carlos in recital.                               Ty at age four with Mir Ali                        Alex after recital