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Why Start Musical Training at Such an Early Age?

by Kay C. Clone
  1. Even at birth the ear as a sense organ is fully developed. Why wait longer? By the time a child is three he has received three years of education--planned or accidental.
  2. A child's powers of observation and ability to imitate are tremendous by age three.
  3. Musical responses, like language, can become intuitive or built-in if one begins early.
  4. Challenges for coordination of each hand and ear can help a child's general development.
  5. Music study following Suzuki's philosophy and methods becomes a shared source of pleasure for parent and child, building a relationship that can develop most easily before the child's school years.
  6. Good healthy outlets, especially social ones, are provided in the Suzuki method. The children's shared playing skills provide an early team experience without competition.
  7. As pupils of all ages play together, the music which they play tends to unite them.
  8. Children are less self-conscious in the early years and are more likely to share their enthusiasm with friends, playing for them, etc., and developing a good self-image.
  9. They have more time now than they ever will again. The higher level of accomplishment before age 8 makes drop-outs minimal.
  10. Young children don't get bored with repetition of basic skills and don't become impatient when progress is slow. They just love to play.

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