The Suzuki Method is based on the principle that all children possess ability and that this ability can be developed and enhanced through a nurturing environment. All children learn to speak their own language with relative ease and if the same natural learning process is applied in teaching other skills, these can be acquired as successfully.
1. In traditional methods of piano teaching, students will learn to read music from the very beginning. In this method, students will learn music by listening to it. This does not mean that reading is completely ignored. After the student can play well enough, reading is introduced.
2. Memorizing a new piece by listening to it is very much like the way a child first learns language. A newborn baby is much like a computer with nothing stored in its memory. The child is like a blank slate. The only place to start is at the most fundamental level of learning. At that level, available sensory data is stored until it can be assimilated in a meaningful form. Sight and sound are both very basic, but sight requires prior knowledge and practice in terms of playing music. Sound requires no prior knowledge and practice in terms of playing music. Requiring no prior knowledge or skills, sound therefore qualifies as an easier path on which to begin the process of learning an instrument.
3. The reason why a child learns a language in a seemingly effortless manner is that she is born in an environment which facilitates this process. A child is not coerced into learning to speak. She learns naturally by listening to the speech of those in the environment and imitating it. Learning to play piano can be much the same. A child's own curiosty can be the initial spark and the gratification of approval of parents can be the fuel that feeds the fire.
Patience, effort and love are required on the part of both
teachers and parents.