Musical ability is not an inborn talent, but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited. – Shinichi Suzuki
The Suzuki Method
The Suzuki Method of music education was initiated in the middle of the 20th century by Japanese violinist and pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki. Dr. Suzuki noticed that children pick up their native language quickly at age five or six. He envisioned that young children could learn to play the violin the same way that they learn their own language – through listening and imitation. Suzuki believed that every child, if properly taught, was capable of a high level of musical achievement. Suzuki taught using the concept “character first, ability second”. His goal was not just to develop professional musicians, but to embrace the whole child, nurturing a love of music, to develop a fine character rather than just the mastering of a musical instrument. Suzuki called this the “mother tongue” method.
Charlotte Suzuki Strings students enjoy both individual and group educational time. Individual lessons are taught to let each child progress at his/her own pace. Group lessons are used to review the materials presented in the private lesson and to introduce the skill of playing together. Our Suzuki students perform Winter and Spring Recitals, in addition to performances in the Charlotte community.
Every Child Can Learn
Suzuki means success because of its many unique aspects including:
- Beginning early (ages 4 – 8)
- A positive, nurturing environment
- Progressing at the child’s own pace
- Maintaining enthusiasm
- Enjoying the learning experience
Most importantly, Suzuki provides a unique opportunity for the parent to play a pivotal role in the learning process. The Suzuki experience creates a lasting musical bond between the parent and the child providing experiences that will be cherished.
Suzuki instruction has proven that every child, if given the opportunity and the proper environment, can learn to play a string instrument.
Our Certified Suzuki Instructors
Julia Long, Certified Suzuki Violin Instructor
Victoria McLaughlin, Certified Suzuki Cello Instructor
Suzuki Program Private Lessons
- 30 minute lesson: $30
- 45 minute lesson: $45
- 60 minute lesson: $60