In the 1950s the late Japanese violinist and educator Dr. Shinichi Suzuki recognized the parallels between young children learning to speak their native language and learning to play a musical instrument. For that reason the Suzuki method is also called the “Mother Tongue Method.” Suzuki teachers train the ear before the eye: students are first taught basic listening and playing skills before note reading is introduced, in the same way that children learn to speak and comprehend before learning to read.The NMS Suzuki Program is offered to young children beginning at age 4 or 5 and requires a combination of both weekly individual lessons and periodic group classes. Suzuki students must be enrolled in individual Suzuki instruction at NMS in order to take part in a group class. If a teacher feels a student is too young to participate in the Pre-Twinkle group class, the student will be enrolled in the class as an observer. For children under age six, a trial lesson is required prior to admission to determine the readiness of the child and the commitment level of the parent.
Suzuki Method Faculty
We have weekly Suzuki classes for guitar, violin/viola and cello.
We have monthly Suzuki Performance classes for piano and guitar.
At the time of placement, our advisors will speak with you about individual lessons and Suzuki group classes. Specific group placement comes from our Suzuki Coordinators, in consultation with individual teachers.