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How we learn language
How students study music by the Suzuki Method


1. Expectation of Success
All children can learn to speak their mother tongue.


1. Expectation of Success
All children can learn to play music.


2. Early Beginning
Parents encourage children to learn to use language from a very young age.


2. Early Beginning
Suzuki children usually begin to play music when they are between 3-5 years old.


3. Listening
Surrounded by speech from the day of birth, children listen for about two years before starting to speak in sentences.


3. Listening
Suzuki students listen every day to recordings of the repertoire they are going to study many months before they begin study.


4. Nurturing
Parents always greet gurgling, babbling and first words with enthusiasm and joy.


4. Nurturing
Suzuki parents always encourage their children’s musical efforts.


5. Social Environment
Children learn language within their family and with friends outside the home.


5. Social Environment
Suzuki students learn to play music in weekly private lessons and regular group classes.


6. Parent Teacher
Parents involve themselves deeply in teaching language skills to their young children.


6. Parent Teacher
Suzuki parents are ‘home teachers.’ They help the child during daily their practice.


7. Repetition
Children repeat new words that they are learning many, many times.


7. Repetition
Suzuki students repeat new skills many times until they master them.


8. Performance
Parents proudly display their child's linguistic achievements from the very beginning - even a goo-goo is good.


8. Performance
Suzuki students perform a lot in group lessons and recitals. Their first performance may be a simple bow or song.


9. Review
Children continue to use the same words that they acquired as an infant – words remain in their vocabulary.


9. Review
Suzuki students continue to play their early pieces, using them as the foundation for technical studies and to advance through the repertoire.


10. Natural Reading
Children only learn to read several years after learning to speak – until this stage, they "learn by ear" all new vocabulary and grammar.


10. Natural Reading
Suzuki students learn to read music around 6years old when they have learned to "play by ear".

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