Listening is the most important concept in the Suzuki Method! A child’s ear will be well trained by listening, and the student will be motivated to want to play the music they hear. Because the student will have the music memorized, it gives them attention to the challenges of playing their instrument.
A child’s rate of progress is directly dependent upon the amount of listening he does because they will have a better understanding of the piece and the technique needed to play it. Listening should be established as a daily habit. Playing the recording everyday helps parents become better teachers too!
As the listening becomes a part of the environment, the student becomes more familiar to the fine distinctions they are hearing and understands more from a musical perspective. The child learns the melodies, comes to have a concept of fine tone, develops a sense of good intonation or pitch, and develops a good rhythmic pulse.
Cultivate your listening vision by listening to advanced books. Hearing the advanced repertoire allows a sense of direction and vision for the parents and the student. Making copies of the recording for the car, child’s stereo, and home listening stereo helps with more listening repetitions! Morning is the prime listening time because a song can get “stuck in our ear.” As a result, the song is replayed in our mind throughout the day.
Try these listening games at home:
“Name that tune” by playing an excerpt of the piece. The child will identify the name of the piece and the composer.
Name a piece from the Suzuki repertoire. Instruct the child to play the tune on their instrument or sing the song.
Name a composer. The student will identify pieces composed by the specified composer. Think of compositions other than the ones in the Suzuki repertoire.
“Beautiful tone, beautiful heart.” -Dr. Shinichi Suzuki