Rather than give stuff as gifts this holiday season, give the gift of music! The Suzuki Institute of Seattle offers music lessons for children of all ages, with most students starting between 4-7. They’ve got openings for trumpet, cello, violin classes, and now harp lessons with their new harp teacher! Their second semester starts in February, and the Suzuki Institute summer camp is not far behind!
Each June, the Suzuki Institute of Seattle offers a three-day music camp for students and parents at the Seabeck Conference Center located in Seabeck, Washington. Suzuki camp is open only to Suzuki Institute of Seattle students. Suzuki camp is a unique and engaging way for students to interact with and learn from each other in an informal, fun, “camp” setting. Many parents comment that the camp improves student motivation and helps make home practice more fun for the student.
The camp includes music-related activities such as master classes, repertoire classes, group lessons, concerts, and recitals. Friday evening, often a highlight of camp, is parent night: an opportunity for parents to show off their hidden talents!
Recreational activities available at Seabeck include arts & crafts, swimming, boating, tennis, volleyball, soccer, ping-pong, and hiking. The conference center provides all of the essential services: meals, linens, bedding, soap, and towels. The lodging is “dorm-style.”
6 Ways the Suzuki Method is Helpful for Kids
Teachers have college degrees and have further training in the Suzuki Method.
2. Suzuki Triangle
Parents, child, and teacher collaborate together to provide an enjoyable learning environment.
3. Suzuki Philosophy
Every child can learn when nurtured with love.
Each song is carefully placed with small progressive learning steps through the use of beautiful music.
5. Suzuki Musical Education
The Institute experience provides memories that will last a lifetime.
Each child has both an individual lesson, where the focus is on the development of skills for each student, and a group lesson where the students develop friendships and learn to work together doing cooperative activities in a fun-filled environment.
What is the Suzuki Method?
The Suzuki method of music instruction was developed over 50 years ago by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki of Matsumoto, Japan. The method is based on the concept that every child’s innate musical talent can be nurtured. A child can be taught music at a very early age much the same way that he or she learns to speak. Children learn language through encouragement, exposure, and repetition. Together, parents and Suzuki teachers use these principles to provide an ideal environment at the lessons as well as at home. The triangular arrangement of teacher, parent, and child is the key to success through early childhood, and it leads to increasing independence and self-motivation in the teenage years.
One aim of the Suzuki method is to develop each child’s character to its fullest potential. The skills which are developed while learning an instrument—concentration, coordination, memory, long attention span, respect for other people, taking turns, working together in a group—are all skills that are valuable for any person. Dr. Suzuki emphasized that his ultimate goal was to develop the natural musical ability of a child for his or her own happiness.