At Edmonton Suzuki Piano School our philosophy is based on the Mother Tongue Approach as developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.
Our philosophy is based on several key points:
- Music education is a route to develop the whole child.
- All children are born with great potential.
- All children have the ability to learn.
- Children are influenced by parents and teachers from birth.
- The student grows according to his or her environment.
- Talent is not inborn.
- A positive learning environment is essential.
We welcome families into our program and know that parents are making a commitment to their child’s musical education and personal development. We expect both parents to be supportive of their child, with one parent taking the main responsibility so that consistency during practice is maintained. For ease of communication, we refer to this person as the “Suzuki parent.”
The Edmonton Suzuki Piano School provides musical development to students, parents, and teachers following the Suzuki Method. We seek to create a learning community, which embraces excellence and nurtures the human spirit.
- To promote and encourage an overall appreciation of music for all participating members
- To develop and explore a better understanding of the Suzuki philosophy of music education
- To communicate to the general public the aims and objectives of the organization
- To motivate and stimulate growth in the musical skills of children registered in the Edmonton Suzuki Piano School program
- To encourage and provide varied parent education opportunities.
- To support teacher training programs
Our program requires:
- Daily listening to the Suzuki piano repertoire and other fine music. The music can be played quietly in the background while the child is playing, eating, bathing, etc.
- Daily practice and repetition. The Suzuki parent must attend all piano lessons in order to learn how to help their child practice at home, and must supervise and guide the daily practice time.
- Ongoing participation in group classes.
- Focused practice on a single point at a time, leading step-by-step to a student’s increased concentration and eventual performance-level mastery.
- Positive reinforcement and praise by parents and teachers.
- Introduction of music reading after the child has attained a certain level of balance and knows how to produce good tone at the piano.
- Observation of lessons with a variety of students before beginning lessons.