“Man is the son of his environment” – Suzuki
Dr. Suzuki observed that children learn from their environment. Suzuki teachers work hard to create a supportive, positive learning environment in their teaching studios and classrooms.
A child’s principle environment is the home. The child’s environment includes the physical, attitudinal, and the emotional surroundings.
The physical environment includes the physical space the child inhabits and their physical needs for development such as food, sleep, time to develop personally and time to develop their musical skill through regular practice.
“Parents who have smiling faces have children who have smiling faces.” – Suzuki
The attitudinal environment includes the attitudes surrounding the child as demonstrated by parents and siblings. The child needs to observe and experience attitudes that support and allow personal growth and development. In order to be motivated to practice and develop musical skills, both attitudes and behaviours must support and value the child’s musical activities.
“When love is deep, much can be accomplished.” – Suzuki
The emotional environment includes having a loving and emotionally supportive home relationship. Feeling emotionally secure is necessary to allow for the work of learning and the emotional risk taking necessary for self expression.