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Suzuki Method at WSM


“Every child can,” was the motto of Shinichi Suzuki, the German-trained Japanese violinist who developed the Talent Education method of music teaching after World War II.

When Suzuki realized that every child learns their mother tongue fluently and easily from birth, he decided that “Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability... the potential of every child is unlimited.”

Since Suzuki founded his method of musical instruction, his method has flourished in every continent of the world, creating musicians out of ordinary children, simply because he believed "every child can".

Shinichi Suzuki playing violin

Learning With Others

Group classes are integral to a young violinist's growth as a musician and as a team player. While private lessons are customized to each student and focus on technique, learning to play pieces and the specifics of learning to play the violin, group classes are where young violinists learn to play with others, learn to listen and collaborate. Sharing music with others is a MUST this early in a young musician's journey. Group classes teach students how to play with others, how to focus on their leader, basic musicianship skills and ear training. More advanced students learn to play as a group with diverse harmonies added.

When To Start

While anyone at any age can learn violin through the Suzuki Method, it is best suited to especially young students ages 4-6. At this young age, students soak up everything easily and quickly. 


Students under the age of 4 who show an interest in music lessons should register for Early Childhood Music classes.

Parental Involvement

As with any other area of their learning, parents are instrumental in their child's development. Parents should sit in on their child's private lesson, observe and take notes during the lesson so that they can help their child practice at home. Parents should attend group class when possible unless otherwise stated by the teacher.

At Home

Practicing is one of the toughest parts of learning a new instrument, and most often thought of as the least enjoyable part! At Willowdale School of Music we work to make practicing as enjoyable as possible. With daily, consistent practice and listening to the repertoire recording, students thrive and will experience exciting and healthy progress; a wonderful life lesson that learned young can change the way they live their lives


Instrument Purchase and Rental


At your trial lesson, your teacher will tell you exactly what size of violin to rent, where to get it and what other supplies you need. However if you want to get ahead of your trial lesson, please visit The Sound Post or Remeny for renting or purchasing an instrument.

Please visit the Suzuki Association of the America's website for further reading:

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