Dr. Suzuki believed in the great potential of music to enrich children’s lives. He developed a method of music education to enable children to play music to their highest possible level of ability. His method was derived from his observation of the ease and facility with which young children learn to speak their own language. He analysed and adapted these precepts of language development into a system of music education which was aptly named the ‘mother tongue’ approach. He began to teach using these methods and soon set up an institute of music in Matsumoto, Japan. In 1964, Suzuki took his first group of musicians to play in the United States. The musicianship and confidence of these young students playing demanding solo repertoire astounded the audiences who heard them.
Today, there are more than 8,000 Suzuki teachers with over 250,000 students across 40 countries.