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Dr. Shin’ichi Suzuki studied language development skills of children in Japan. After years of study, he realized that children can learn difficult concepts if they begin early, create the best possible environment, involve the parent and develop the ear through listening.
If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. – Shin’ichi Suzuki
Dr. Suzuki translated his research into a music education strategy that has since been used worldwide to teach young children to become skillful musicians. Besides the obvious musical skills learned, children also improve their focus, discipline, motor skills, listening, social skills, patience, self-esteem, language, memory, creativity and character as a result of their music studies.
Much research has been done concerning the correlation of music education with higher test scores and grades in school along with other successes as the children grow into adults. In Texas, year after year, the SAT scores of the All-State Orchestras, Bands and Choirs are well above the national averages, with the string players typically soaring highest.
At Sagemont Centre for the Arts, our desire is to use the Suzuki approach to teaching string instruments to enable young children to have the joy of playing a musical instrument while preparing them for future playing in their church, school and community. If a student starts as a young child, he or she can easily progress to advanced levels by the time they reach junior high school where other students are just beginning their music studies.