Starting lessons very early—age 2 ½ to 5 is a foundation of the Suzuki Method

Young Suzuki Violinist

Here’s why:

  • Most fundamental motor patterns emerge before the age of five and are merely stabilized beyond that age.*
  • Young ones like repetition and tend not to be self-conscious, so they learn things more slowly but also more thoroughly.
  • Young children have fewer competing activities than school aged children do.
  • Young children love to please their parents with small accomplishments.
  • By the time they are ready to read music, they already play many songs from memory.
  • They will never be able to remember or imagine life without music.
  • Infants can imitate even match pitch as early as three to four months of age, and purposeful singing can begin at around twelvemonths. In other words, they are ready.*
  • The years from birth through age six are critical for learning how to unscramble the aural images of music and to develop mental representations for organizing music.*
  • The most typical negative influence on developmental music aptitude is simply neglect. Hence, the inborn potential for musical growth may actually atrophy.*
  • When teaching a 3 or 4 year old to attend, “…they’re not only working on their auditory skills but also working on their attention skills and their memory skills — which can translate into scholastic learning.”**
  • “To learn to read, you need to have good working memory, make sound-to-meaning connections…each one of these things really seems to be strengthened with active engagement in playing a musical instrument.”**

*From article by Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D

** From article by Perry Klass, M.D.