Founded in 1981 by violinist Carol Stokes, we are a Suzuki music program located in Atlanta, Georgia, providing instruction in violin, viola, and cello for students age 3 and up. As Suzuki teachers, we firmly adhere to the belief that every child can learn music. Some may take some more time than others, but the benefits of a musical education can be enjoyed by anyone. In our program, students take weekly private lessons and weekly or bi-weekly group lessons, so that they can reap the benefits of individual attention and learn collaboratively with their peers.
What is the Suzuki Method?
Founded by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki over fifty years ago, the Suzuki Method builds on the central tenet that children learn from what surrounds them. Dr. Suzuki had a flash of realization that all Japanese children speak Japanese. What if we are able to teach music in a similar way to how we teach language? Listening, repetition, parental involvement, group lessons, and a positive atmosphere for learning are some of the ways we use Dr. Suzuki’s Mother Tongue Approach. Although students of the Suzuki Method do learn about music and progress technically and musically, creating professional musicians was never Suzuki’s main goal. He wrote, “Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens, noble human beings. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth, and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart.” We strive to do the same.
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