Washington Crossing Violin & Viola Studio

Washington Crossing Violin & Viola Studio

“Our purpose does not lie in a movement to create professional musicians, but to create persons of a beautiful mind and fine ability. We engage in human education through music so that children will grow with beautiful and high sensitivity, through an unparalleled, uniquely musical approach.”

—Shinichi Suzuki (Where Love Is Deep)

Dr. Suzuki

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki - a German-trained violinist - began teaching children the violin in Japan. After the Second World War when the Japanese people were devastated by nuclear war, Suzuki initiated an educational system for children that he had been nurturing since the 1930's. Suzuki opened the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Nagoya, Japan implementing an educational concept and philosophy that he termed the “mother tongue" method due to its basis in language development.

It is not the aim of Talent Education to produce concert artists, but rather to produce well-adjusted, self-disciplined people with highly developed abilities. Creating an environment conducive to developing children’s abilities is not a chance happening. Because the mother tongue approach uses games to instruct and emphasizes an environment free of anger and stress it can, however, be misunderstood by parents and music educators. Suzuki Talent Education is a serious approach to music study. Daily quality time between parent and child and a commitment to doing one’s best are the goals.

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Professor John Kendall


"Music is a language that goes beyond speech and letters - a living art that is almost mystical." --Shinichi Suzuki


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