Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute, Community Music School
Our philosophy is rooted in the Suzuki Method. More than 50 years ago, a Japanese violinist and educator named Shinichi Suzuki began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music. This concept made it possible to teach young children to play an instrument in as natural a way as they learn to speak. The same approach can be used for students of all ages and levels. By integrating listening, a nurturing environment, and parent participation, the Suzuki approach combines a method for teaching music with a philosophy that embraces the total development of the child. Students learn in an atmosphere of encouragement and stimulation at the lesson, which is fostered at home by the parent.