Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) was one of 12 children who grew up in Japan where his father owned a violin factory. He didn’t start playing until he was 17 years old, however, then studied in Germany in his early 20s. He thought that children should learn music the same way that they learned how to talk — by starting when they were young and by hearing music all around them. He also believed in loving and supportive parents and teachers, a revolutionary concept in the early 20th century.
The Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc., formed in 1972, is a not-for-profit organization officially licensed to support, guide and promote Suzuki education in North, Central and South America. It is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children.
The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement and constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.