Age to Start
Students can start learning to play string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass) as early as 4 years old. For the violin, we often have students this young start out on cardboard violins, where they learn proper posture and bow holds, before working their way up to that coveted first “real” violin.
Suzuki vs. Traditional Method
The Suzuki Method is a way of learning music that emphasizes learning to play from a very young age. Parents are expected to play an active role in the musical education of their child in attending lessons and supervising practice. While students are expected to play individually, the Suzuki method also encourages playing in groups and performing for the public.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the Suzuki method and the traditional method of string instruction lies in the way music is learned. During beginning phases, the Suzuki method emphasizes learning notes by ear before learning to read music. Conversely, the traditional method relies on teaching students to read music first. Both techniques have pros and cons. The ultimate decision relies with the student and their learning needs.