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Instrumental Performance with a Suzuki Pedagogy emphasis

Programs available in Violin, Viola, and Cello

Please click here to see a curricular outline for this major (this link will take you the the main university site.)

This program provides a long-term, comprehensive study of the Suzuki literature, observation of master teachers, and apprentice teaching.  The program is directed by registered Suzuki Association of America (SSA) Teacher Trainers and is a two-year program.  It covers Violin Units 1-8.  Teaching opportunities begin in the third semester, when students are required to teach, guided by a master teacher, in the Suzuki program at The Hartt Community Division.

The curriculum includes classroom lectures, guided observations of private lessons, group lessons, and ensembles. Lectures cover the history and philosophy of the Suzuki Method as well as the processes of technical and musical development. Well-trained, skilled musicians who are interested in teaching their instrument to young children are the best candidates for Hartt's Suzuki program. In addition to the pedagogy program requirements, students will participate in private lessons, orchestra, chamber ensembles, music history, and music theory coursework. Students will also present a lecture recital. Since tone is emphasized through instrument-specific techniques, a thorough command of the instrument is imperative to apply for this degree. Applicants are expected to have received a bachelor's degree in music, or its equivalent, from an accredited college/university.

The Suzuki Method requires a genuine affection for children and an interest in helping them develop as human beings through the study of music. It is a collaborative method, and teachers work closely with children, parents and colleagues. Many musicians who use the Suzuki Method have found that it provides a unique avenue for helping children, providing opportunities for their own growth as musicians, and as fine human beings. Since its introduction in North America more than forty years ago, the Suzuki Method has become a major force in music education. It has been successfully implemented in many different situations and is recognized by national music organizations. Interest in the method has grown as teachers, parents and students experience its results. This has led to an increasing need for qualified Suzuki teachers in the Americas and abroad.

Shinichi Suzuki stated that "Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability which can be developed." His teaching method, the Mother-Tongue Approach or Talent Education, was fashioned around the way children learn their native language. Just as young children learn their native language, Suzuki felt that he could apply the same principles to students learning music. The Suzuki Method was not developed intentionally to create professional musicians, but to help children develop as people. Suzuki has said, "Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens, noble human beings. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth, and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart." The Suzuki method allows children to develop confidence, self-discipline, and the determination to try difficult things. A combination of parent involvement, an early beginning for the child, daily listening, and repetition is what makes the Suzuki method unique. The potential of every child is unlimited.

Hartt Community Division

Pedagogy students work very closely with The Hartt Community Division.  Students must spend a minimum of 20 hours a semester observing Suzuki teachers in the Community Division.  Additionally, they must take part in an apprenticeship with a Suzuki Master Teacher in the Community division.  For more information on The Hartt School Community Division's Suzuki's Program, please visit:

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