The Suzuki method was created by Shinichi Suzuki, a Japanese violist who studied in both Japan and Germany. He dedicated his life to developing a method for teaching young students in the same way that we learn our native language and culture. Suzuki based his approach on the belief 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, just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. The potential of every child is unlimited.” Dr. Suzuki’s goal was not simply to develop professional musicians, but to nurture loving human beings and help develop each child’s character through the study of music.
If you’d like to read more about the Suzuki method, which I encourage all of my parents to do, the SAA website has a great “what is the Suzuki method?” section on their website.