The William Carey Suzuki Institute

is based on the teaching philosophy of Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki.
Dr. Suzuki based his approach on the belief that

“Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed.”

He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of
music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. As when a child learns to talk,
parents are involved in the musical learning of their child. Listening to music every day is
important, and constant repetition is essential in learning to play an instrument.

Children age 4 and up are accepted.
Shinichi Suzuki, (17 October 1898 – 26 January 1998) was the creator of the international Suzuki method of music
education and developed a philosophy for educating people of all ages and abilities.

Considered an influential pedagogue in music education of children, he often spoke of the ability of all children to learn things well,
especially in the right environment, and of developing the heart and building the character of music students through their music education.

Before his time, it was rare for children to be formally taught classical instruments from an early age and
even more rare for children to be accepted by a music teacher without an audition or entrance examination.

Not only did he endeavor to teach children the violin from early childhood and then infancy, his school in Matsumoto did not screen
applicants for their ability upon entrance.
Suzuki was also responsible for the early training of some of the earliest Japanese
violinists to be successfully appointed to prominent western classical music organizations.

During his lifetime, he received several honorary doctorates in music including from the New England Conservatory
of Music (1956), and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, was proclaimed a Living National Treasure of Japan,
and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  
Children from the Pine Belt area enjoy learning strings at the extraordinary William Carey Suzuki Institute:

The Suzuki Method combines a music teaching method with a philosophy,
which embraces the total development of the child. Dr. Suzuki's guiding
principle was "Character first, Ability second"

Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens,
noble human beings. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth,
and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and
endurance.  He gets beautiful heart.

Every child can be educated. Talent is not inherited or inborn, but trained
and educated. Genius is an honorific name given to those who are brought
up and trained to high ability.

An unlimited amount of ability can develop
when parent and child are having fun together.

A child’s language study begins at birth or, as Suzuki would say, at age zero.
native language, the “Mother Tongue Method”, as Suzuki calls it.

The most important factor in the Mother Tongue Method’s success is the
parental attitude. A musical environment must be established in the home,
and this is most easily done with recordings.

As musical studies begin the most important factor, as it was with language,
is repetition. The child must hear the recordings not five or ten times but
hundreds of times.