More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki developed a music teaching approach based on the fact that children the world over learn their native language with ease, through listening and repetition, surrounded by an encouraging environment. Features of this “mother tongue” or Suzuki method include:
In 1978 a group of local parents created the Mankato Suzuki School of Music to promote the teaching philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki. It was incorporated as a non-profit and is run by a board of parents, teachers and community members.
The Mankato Suzuki School sponsors community group activities such as playing the Star Spangled Banner at baseball games, fiddle tunes at History Fest, Irish tunes for St. Patrick’s Day, and music before Mankato Symphony children’s concerts at the YMCA.
One mom wrote after her sons, age 9 and 12, played at a wedding, “They got lots of compliments— no one thought kids could play like that! I said they are able to do this because you get them out playing in public and they feel comfortable doing it as a result.”
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