The potential for every student

Because the Suzuki Method focuses on developing one small skill at a time, virtually all children, with the support of their parents and regardless of innate ability or learning differences, can learn to play the piano. In learning to play the piano, students learn life skills that help them succeed in many fields.

Contrary to what has for centuries been common belief, talent is not something that people are just born with. As Suzuki proved through his Talent Education Research Institute, talent is something that people can and do develop through their education.

Students are neither auditioned nor selected based on any assumption of innate talent. We believe that talent can be developed in any student, as long as parents and caregivers are dedicated to their children’s progress and create an environment for success at home through daily listening and practicing.

All children have the potential to play music beautifully, and to master any skill they determine.

“...we all have an innate capacity to learn any of the world’s musics...The brain undergoes a period of rapid development after birth, continuing for the first years of life. During this time, new neural connections are forming more rapidly than at any other time in our lives, and during our midchildhood years, the brain starts to prune these connections, retaining only the most important and most often used ones. This becomes the basis for our understanding of music, and ultimately the basis for what we like in music, what music moves us, and how it moves us...basic structural elements are incorporated into the very wiring of our brains when we listen to music early in our lives.” Daniel J. Levitin, This Is Your Brain on Music (2006), p. 109.