Why is Suzuki Music Unique?

In Hong Kong there are so many music schools to choose from, so why choose Suzuki music education for your family?

His achievement in the past year is so unexpectedly remarkable that it almost seems magical...

The other day, he was humming a new song and suddenly turned to me with sparkles in his eyes saying, “Mommy, I want to play this on my violin!”

I can tell how much he is enjoying the journey of music.

I’m glad that we started this journey with HKSMI.

(Ingrid, Suzuki STEP 3 mother, Son age 5)

  • Positive Learning Environment

    At HKSMI we teach in a positive, nurturing, and immersive musical environment.

    [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Dr. Suzuki showed that children learn music like they learn language. When they start to learn their mother-tongue they are encouraged and supported by their whole family and community. This is why the Suzuki method is sometimes called the mother-tongue method.[/read]

  • Child-Centered Education

Each child progresses at their own pace and is allowed to explore their musical creativity.

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] At HKSMI, we know that children can learn amazing musical skills and great compassion. These skills are supported by a positive and immersive music-making community which includes their parents, other children, and their teachers. The community is built through regular lessons, group classes, special events, and concerts. It is a little like growing up in a musical village![/read]

  • Parental Involvement is key!

Spend quality time with your children while learning music. We teach you how to help them at home!

Parent involvement is key to a well-rounded young musician who loves and excels in music!

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] At HKSMI you are involved every step of the way and are an integral part of the learning process. Learning the violin or viola is a complex task and your child easily excel with your help. We have music programs for the whole family from infants to school-aged children. We even teach parents to play the violin! [/read]

  • Success-oriented Teaching

Children and parents feel accomplished with the success-oriented step-by-step method of teaching complex tasks through small achievable goals. You will feel accomplished at every lesson!

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Children learn music like they learn language, through lots of listening, watching, and repetition. And they are encouraged every step of the way! [/read]

  • Social Music Method

    Children love to learn music with their family and friends!

  • Music Making in the Community

    There are many performance opportunities to increase your child’s confidence and presentation ability!

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] HKSMI students will play not only for their fellow students and family members, but also for the community at large through public concerts, and performances for community groups. [/read]

  • Internationally Recognized Music Program

There are over 250,000 Suzuki students worldwide. No matter where you move there will be a Suzuki school near you!

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Suzuki education started in the 1930s in Japan, it has since spread worldwide. Today there are over 8,000 teachers and 250,000 students! No matter where your family travels or moves there will be a Suzuki program with highly qualified teachers to help support your continuing studies. [/read]

  • Talent Education, Every Child Can

    “Talented” children are simply taught be talented. Every child can love, learn, and excel in music!

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] When Shinichi Suzuki conceived of his idea of social music education many people believed that only special children could learn music – only the talented ones. Suzuki disagreed and proved that all children can learn music, that great talent is not inborn, but educated through a nurturing musical and social environment. [/read]

  • Music for the Love of Music (not for exams only)

    Suzuki method is non-competitive. Children perform graded graduations only when they are ready. How can you grade the joy of making music?

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] In Hong Kong, there are many opportunities to take exams or competitions. Perhaps you remember them as a child. Did you enjoy them? No? Frankly, not many people do. The Suzuki philosophy is non-competitive. Therefore, HKSMI teachers will not prepare students for competitions or exams. In competitions there is only one winner. At HKSMI we believe that all children should enjoy music for its own sake and the joy it brings to their family, friends and community. You could say that the Suzuki philosophy sees a world of people with whom we can cooperate, rather a world of people with whom to compete. Upon seeing hundreds of Suzuki students performing together in 1961, great cellist Pabolo Casals was moved to tears and stated that “Maybe music will save the world!”

There are a series of graduation recitals as the students progress through the 10 Suzuki repertoire levels. Upon achieving a graduation level, students will receive a certificate and the teachers will be willing to write them letters of recommendation. [/read]

  • Highly Qualified and Experienced Teachers

Suzuki teachers are specially trained to work with young children and bring them to a high standard of playing.

At HKSMI, we only hire certified Suzuki teachers who have taken extensive extra training beyond their university music degrees.

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] True Suzuki teachers have taken extra pedagogical training in Suzuki philosophy and apprenticed with great teachers beyond their university music degree. At HKSMI we only hire qualified and experienced teachers and seek to mentor new Suzuki teachers. Our current HKSMI faculty all hold graduate degrees in music. [/read]

  • A 3-Step and beyond Family music program!

At HKSMI, we are planning for your family’s musical future. We will have programming for your child and family as they grow!

[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] We have programming from nursery rhymes in infancy to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” for young children to concertos, orchestras, touring, public performances and more as young adults. You can grow together in music with HKSMI. [/read]

  • Highly Respected Philosophy Guides the STEP-by-STEP Program

We follow the philosophy of the highly respected Japanese pedagogue, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998). The seven fundamental concepts of the Suzuki educational philosophy are:

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  1. Every Child Can Learn
  2. Ability Develops Early
  3. Success Breeds Success
  4. Environment Nurtures Growth
  5. Children Learn from Each Other
  6. Parental Involvement is Critical
  7. Encouragement is Essential [/read]

To learn even more about Dr. Suzuki and the Suzuki Talent Education Movement internationally, please see our Learn More about the Suzuki Method Page

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