1. Mother-tongue – The basic philosophy upholds the understanding that music be learned as a language, by listening and communicating by sound first, with the written symbol as representative of the sound, and taught after the child has learned to speak/play. The term “mother-tongue” also emphasizes the parents involvement in providing the language in the environment for the child.

Thus, children who hear the music they are learning to play for many hours a day will progress much much faster than those who only listen to the disc once or twice a day.

2. Talent Education – The name of Dr. Suzuki’s school in Matsumoto, and a term which juxtaposes two terms which may at first seem contradictory.  Dr. Suzuki chose this name for his method to emphasize his realization that all children develop the “talent” of playing music if educated in the same way children learn to speak their native language. Again, the parents involvement in the education of the child is paramount over any particular “genes” the child may or may not have for music.

3. Ability Development:  This term is used to define the process  by which talent is developed – through repetition :

“Knowledge plus 10.000 times equals ability”. Dr. Suzuki

This is the “how” of Talent Education.

4.  Natural Learning:  Natural learning is simply that which is learned directly from the environment without extra explanation, instructions, or mental thinking.  Providing the right environment is a core component of the Suzuki method.  Children who are listening, have quality instruments and parents to help them find body balance and connect their physical motions with the sound they have internalized through listening will be able to achieve a high ability to play piano as a result of a natural learning from the environment.

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