Suzuki Hub

helping children make beautiful music

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In 1950s Japan, the son of a violin maker and a lover of classical music, Dr Shinichi Suzuki, embarked on a new way to teach children the violin. A hugely charismatic man, great humanitarian and brilliant teacher, Suzuki believed in the great potential of music to enrich children’s lives.

His approach to teaching was dubbed ‘the mother tongue’ method as it was based on the way children learn to speak their own language (by immersion, repetition, listening and support in the home).

Key to his method of teaching was to create talent and ability in children - all children. He taught blind kids, physically and mentally disabled kids, rich kids, poor kids, boys and girls alike - to quite literally world-wide acclaim.

Suzuki proved that all children can. From a much younger age than previously thought. And that ‘little and often’ really pays off.

The Suzuki Method is an amazingly powerful way to learn to play an instrument to a very high level of ability. It works. Kids love it.

If you want to read more about Dr Suzuki and get a real sense of what he was all about, have a read of his 1983 book Nurtured By Love - part biography and part philosophy. It’s an easy read which takes you along the road of Suzuki’s very interesting life and tracks the development of his teaching method.


Of course plenty of other people have written about him too - you can read more on the links listed on wikipedia, through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the European Suzuki Association.

More locally, both the London Suzuki Group and the British Suzuki Institute websites have sections about Dr Suzuki and the history of his teaching method. And of course, plenty more about the benefits of learning through the Suzuki method and how it’s used today.

The Suzuki Method in 100 words (well, 169 but who’s counting?)

Dr Shinichi Suzuki

Born: 1898

Died: 1998


Taught: Talent. Ability. Excellence. And the violin.

Suzuki children thrive in a total environment of support; they develop confidence and positive self-esteem, determination to try new things, self discipline and concentration, as well as a lasting enjoyment of music and the sensitivity and skill for making music.

Ed Kreitman

What makes Suzuki different

Kids start young. Very young. They can start learning at Suzuki Hub from 4 years old.

They have a weekly private lesson as well as two weekly group lessons, all of which a parent or carer attends.  The group lessons are one instrumental (eg flute group) and one musicianship (Music Mind Games).

They practise a little bit every day (for only 20 minutes or so when they’re just starting out).

They spend a little time each day listening to recordings of the pieces they are learning.

They progress through 10 Suzuki Books of music specifically selected to build their technical and musical skills.

They master each piece before moving onto the next one.

They review their old pieces as they progress - in both lessons and at home so pieces are not forgotten once mastered.

They learn the pieces so well that they perform them without the sheet music in front of them - they can play all of their pieces from memory.

How did Suzuki Hub start?

Kate Conway, director of Suzuki Hub, explains the history of Suzuki Hub and the hopes for the future at the British Suzuki Institute Teachers’ Conference, August 2012.