Frequently asked Questions
The Issue of Copying in the Suzuki Method
One of the reservation against the Suzuki method is the fact that it is based on copying.Especially in the traditional western music world it is frowned upon to learn by copying. However, copying
is the way children learn.
The Suzuki method is based on the mother tongue approach. We teach babies to speak by speaking to them and not by explaining how to speak. The baby will try to copy and eventually manage to make a word sound like the the mother or father demonstrated it.
Since children start to learn to play an instrument from the age of 2 or 3 in the Suzuki method, copying the the only and best way to teach them.
As they get older they start to develop their individuality, regardless whether they started off by copying.
What you need to read once lessons started:
There are certain books you will need to read before or during your observation period. Please refer to the book page.
Group Playing- mass production?
The Sociable Aspect of Group Playing in the Suzuki Method
The benefits to group playing don't stop at the improvement of ensemble playing skill. The social aspect is a big factor for the children as well as for the parents.
The network amongst the parent is an extremely valuable point and makes the cello studies into something more social than just learning an instrument.
Apart from the group lessons, which give the optimal opportunity to connect with the peers or the parents with other parents, 'The Cello Corner' has a parent forum which has become very popular.