More than forty years ago, Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease.
He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue apprpach. The ideas of parent responsibility,loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki Approach.
The early years are crucial for developing mental processes and muscle coordination.
Listening to music should begin at birth: formal training may begin at age three or four, but it is never too late to begin.
As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement.
Each child learns at his or her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encourged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation.