"Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart."
- Shinichi Suzuki
About Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
Dr. Suzuki wished to create "fine human beings" through the experience of learning to play a musical instrument. He devoted his life to the development of the method he called Talent Education.
Born in 1898, Shinichi Suzuki was a violinist, educator, philosopher and humanitarian. Suzuki began teaching young children to play the violin using his "Mother Tongue Approach" at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan in 1945. Dr. Suzuki firmly believed that children are not born with talent, but develop talent when the proper learning environment is provided. He modeled his teaching after the way that a child learns to speak: by listening and imitating.