By now you’re probably familiar with the Suzuki triangle that connects students, teachers, and parents in the process of music learning. These three branches create the framework upon which the entire philosophy is built. However, just beyond the edges of that triangle lies another fundamental key to Shinichi Suzuki’s learning philosophy: community.

For Suzuki students, community means seeing their friends every other week in group class, meeting new friends and teachers at summer institutes, and playing for and supporting each other at concerts. Through their community, the music that a student learns in their lessons is transformed into a medium of human connection. Critically, community nurtures students both in and outside the classroom. Creating music together is just one factor, as bonding through and
beyond music-making is vital to the Suzuki method.

I am grateful to be able to share a space with my students, albeit virtually, for group class. In light of quarantine, I’ve loosened the structure of group class, opened it up to let the students play games, share jokes, and chat. In other words, to provide a space where students can relax and connect. Now more than ever, it is vital that these spaces exist, especially for children who crave socialization. The Suzuki community expands upon the student-teacher-parent relationship and fosters the joy of music learning that lasts a lifetime.