I can’t get enough of the Suzuki Strings program that my son was a part. The program itself helped in so many ways, I encourage all parents to look into the benefits of enrolling their child in a music education program. While the Suzuki program requires money and time on the parents part, I thoroughly believe in its benefits for teaching music education to young children.
In addition to teaching children to appreciate music, the cognitive benefits certainly come into play. There is little doubt that formal musical instruction (learning to play an instrument) can have an appreciable effect on neural processing. With the current state of school arts programs around the country, it seems the only way for parents to keep their children in a thriving music program these days is to go through private programs. The Suzuki program one such program available throughout the country.
The suzuki program is available at most major colleges and universities and they offer a wide variety of instruments and programs for children as young as four. My son began the program at 4 years old with the cello. Viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, harp, guitar, recorder, organ and voice are all of the instruments offered through the program.
To find a program near you click the link here. Are a member of your local Suzuki program? If not are you interested in introducing your child to a music program either through your school, local community center or private lessons? Tell us in the comments below!