Children Use Suzuki Method To Learn Music

7 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, October 24 2012 Oct 24, 2012 Wednesday, October 24, 2012 12:05:00 PM CDT October 24, 2012 in News
By: Ruohan Xu
loading

COLUMBIA - As one of the first Suzuki violin teachers in Columbia, Siri Geenen has taught for 18 years. Among the 200 students she's had over the year, the youngest is only three-year-old.

It's almost impossible to teach a three-year-old to play an instrument with the traditional method of learning music. But it is normal to start music lessons at three with the Suzuki method.

Geenen said the Suzuki method uses the mother tongue method, which means children learn music similar to the way they would learn a language.  Children learn how to play music by using their ears, hearing the music over and over again and practicing often.

"Learning to read music is a different skill from learning to play the violin. So to make a child learn the violin and throw notes at them right way, the technic will suffer," Geenen said. "With the Suzuki method, while in a way start with very young child, we spend months just learning how to hold the bow, just learning how to hold the violin. In addition to that, they are listening to the music."

A typical Suzuki violin lesson usually lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. During the lesson, the kid is asked to repeatedly perform the segment. The instructor will also play with them for practice. The student does not need to know how to read notes until about a year into the lesson or when they reach the age of five.

In the Suzuki philosophy, parents are required to join the class, pay attention, and to teach the kid during the rest of the week. Because the kids are too young to be self-disciplined at the age of four or five, parents' commitment is very important.

Frances Dickey always attends the lesson with her son. She said it's a great way for kids to learn music. When they start they can't read music but they can start by ear.

Dickey is also a violin player. She started at the age of eight, while her son started at four. She said her son is making incredible progress though this method. Her 9-year-old son can now play the piece she learned when she was 15.

"My son has a very good ear and a good ability to memorize music, which I wasn't so good at," Dickey said.

Wendy Sims, Director of Music Education for MU's music department, said the some students who started music lessons early did very well, but some children get turned off to the music because it is not creative enough for them.  Some are also turned off because they have to behave in a set way.

"Music should be playful. It might be a little bit to young to start music formal lessons before children get to the school age," Sims said. "To start music lesson at the age three or four may inhibit some of their future music development because it is too structured and maybe too stressful. And children will be better off if they were doing more creative activities."

Recent studies suggest that early music lessons have long-term benefits for kids. Sims said although it is a big investment to provide music lessons to children. She suggests parents could provide cheap and homemade instrument to get their kids started in music.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Police are investigating a shooting incident that left four people injured. According to the Jefferson City... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 7:00:00 AM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A driver has been taken to hospital after a single vehicle crash on Saturday night. The... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, September 20 2020 Sep 20, 2020 Sunday, September 20, 2020 5:40:00 AM CDT September 20, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – While high school football has been happening so far this season in the wake of COVID-19, one part... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:47:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left lifelong impressions on two Columbia students. The students, a high... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:47:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Monday night will likely be a long one for the Columbia City Council as it gets another... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 6:14:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old was fatally shot near the Missouri State University campus in Springfield. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 2:46:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. Previous coverage: ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 2:14:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - No one was injured in an RV fire in southwest Columbia on Saturday. No injuries have been... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:48:00 PM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A fire at a Jefferson City home displaced two people early Saturday morning. According to a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 9:43:00 AM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump hailed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a "brilliant mind" in a statement Friday... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 19 2020 Sep 19, 2020 Saturday, September 19, 2020 5:00:00 AM CDT September 19, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday , the court announced. She was 87. Ginsburg... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 18 2020 Sep 18, 2020 Friday, September 18, 2020 6:43:00 PM CDT September 18, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- For a father and son, a hug before the first game of football season is a special moment.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 18 2020 Sep 18, 2020 Friday, September 18, 2020 6:23:00 PM CDT September 18, 2020 in News
Week four of Friday Night Fever has arrived. Before you head out to your team's game or tune in to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 18 2020 Sep 18, 2020 Friday, September 18, 2020 5:56:00 PM CDT September 18, 2020 in Friday Night Fever
Games for high school football games will become available below. Final scores are in bold and home teams are on... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 18 2020 Sep 18, 2020 Friday, September 18, 2020 5:44:00 PM CDT September 18, 2020 in Friday Night Fever
Welcome to Week 4 of Friday Night Fever! Our game of the week features the Marshall Owls taking on the... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 18 2020 Sep 18, 2020 Friday, September 18, 2020 5:43:00 PM CDT September 18, 2020 in Friday Night Fever
STOVER - COVID-19 is affecting young and old alike in Morgan County. According to the Morgan County Health Center... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 18 2020 Sep 18, 2020 Friday, September 18, 2020 5:03:00 PM CDT September 18, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Battle High School canceled its game set for Friday against the Hickman High School Kewpies. Battle announced... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 18 2020 Sep 18, 2020 Friday, September 18, 2020 3:14:00 PM CDT September 18, 2020 in Sports
NEAR CRANE, Mo. (KY3) - The Missouri Water Patrol is investigating a deadly crash killing a father and son from... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 18 2020 Sep 18, 2020 Friday, September 18, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT September 18, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
5pm 74°
6pm 71°
7pm 67°
8pm 63°