The Suzuki Method forms the core of my teaching.
It aims “to produce beautiful souls,” people who have learned peace through their success with an instrument and the soul-deepening art of making music.
Suzuki education is based on two premises: first, that of talent education; second, the mother-tongue method.
Talent education assumes the presence of musical talent in each person. The mother-tongue method recognizes that the language of music can be developed to a level of perfect fluency in any human being if that person is surrounded by music and the practice of musical skills in the home on a daily basis, just as one learns speech through the provision of modeling and constant repetition.
Suzuki emphasizes the importance of developing self-esteem in the child; this comes through our helping him or her to learn mastery of skills in a loving environment. Then, too, music itself brings well-being. I hope my students find this in their lives as I have in mine.