Juzmusic Academy is one of the few music schools in Singapore to offer music lessons in the Suzuki Method- in Suzuki Piano, Suzuki Violin, Suzuki Cello.
The Suzuki method was founded by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Dr. Suzuki realized that all young children can learn music effortlessly, just like the way they learn their mother tongue. Dr. Suzuki began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music.
These are the basic principles of the Suzuki Method:
- Early Beginning – Children are especially open to learning new mental processes and physical skills when they are very young. Children are especially attuned to sound during their years of language acquisition (primarily birth through age 5), so this is an ideal time to start developing sensitivity to music as well.
Listening – The way we learn to speak is by hearing others speak in our environments. Constant exposure to the same sounds allows our ears and brains to become familiar with and eventually mimic them. Suzuki students constantly listen to recordings of the Suzuki repertoire, having it as a consistent part of their environment, making it easy for them to recognize, and therefore repeat the music.
Tiered Repertoire – Each piece in the Suzuki method takes the techniques and concepts from the previous piece and builds on them. New technical problems are introduced in the context of the music so that the learning experience is more enjoyable.
Repetition – Once children learn to speak one word, they do not discard it to go on to the next, they use it repeatedly until it is easy and comfortable. Then they add new words. The Suzuki Method uses that same repetition. Children work on skills and pieces after they have learnt them so that they are easy and fluent. The pieces are then used to practice new techniques and to refine musicality.
Encouragement – The parent’s primary job is to encourage their child with sincere praise, recognize the hard work and effort, acknowledge the smallest accomplishments fostered and satisfaction in the process of reaching goals.
Learning with Other Children – Suzuki children not only learn from their parents and teachers, but also from each other. In addition to the weekly private lessons, students participate in group classes, where they learn ensemble skills, social skills and discipline. Learning with other children gives students a new peer group with whom they share a special bond.
Delayed Reading – Children speak their mother-tongue with natural fluency long before they learn to read words. In the same manner, Suzuki children learn to hold their instruments with natural ease and good posture, produce a beautiful clear tone, and play many pieces of music at a high level of ability before beginning to learn to read music. Music reading is only introduced once an appropriate musical level is reached.
Parent Involvement – Parents play a vital part in the “Suzuki Triangle.” Not only do they attend lessons and learn concepts along with their children, they also take on the role of “home teacher.” It is not necessary for the Suzuki parent to be a musician, the learning process in the lessons allows the Suzuki parent to experience and understand the technique and focus of assignments so that they can effectively guide and nurture their child during practice at home.
Our Juzmusic Academy Suzuki Music program includes a
*Weekly individual lesson in either the piano, violin or cello
*Monthly group lesson
*Suzuki graduation recitals
*Regular performance opportunities