Through individual lessons, each child can learn at their own pace. There is no timeframe for milestones of music learning. Children are given the support and encouragement they need to progress.
Dr Suzuki understood that all children can learn to speak the language of their parents by listening first. This is why the Suzuki method focuses on learning music aurally and producing a beautiful sound on an instrument first. Once the child develops fluency and a beautiful tone and technique on their instrument in Book 1, music reading is developed in Book 2.
Parents are great teachers of language for their children and help them learn through repetition. Children are motivated to speak like their parents and with repetition and encouragement, become proud of their new-found achievements. This can also be translated to music learning.
The Suzuki approach involves the parent as the home teacher and regards the parent as a vital member of the Suzuki Triangle. Parents are required to attend lessons and be involved in the daily practice routine of their child. This way they can help foster a positive home environment of love and enjoyment of music learning.
Listening every day is an essential part of the Suzuki method. It is important to listen to the Suzuki recordings so that your child can hear the kind of tone production and technique present in a mature player. Involving your child in Music Family Days run by MSO and Australian Ballet, Opera Australia etc. is also a fantastic way to expose them to a wonderful musical environment.
Suzuki music celebrates children learning new repertoire. Like learning new language, children build a repertoire of music. They do not stop playing their early repertoire; instead they retain these pieces to refine their playing and revise their musical skills. This concept is called Review.