"Like riding a horse or a bike, the only way to learn how to perform is to perform."--H. Williams
In the Suzuki Method, students play by ear and by memory from the very first lesson. Pieces are presented at tempo and the student plays them back as close to performance tempo as possible. This copying of sound between teacher and student develops a readiness within the child to "perform" their pieces and technical exercises upon request. Within the student is created a spontaneity and strength to share what is within. This easily translates into natural musical performances for larger audiences outside of the studio. Most Suzuki students instantly memorize new music, have greater security in navigating in and out of difficult passages and can gracefully recover from musical mistakes in mid-performance. They do not seem to exude any of the nervousness that generally accompanies musical performance. Performance is a natural part of their daily approach. Long term memory is extremely well-developed and serves as a secure anchor in performance opportunities.
Frequent recital attendance is encouraged to motivate students both individually by feeling appreciated and by the reflection of peers playing pieces both old and new. Some studios hold monthly, even bi-monthly mini-home recitals to give ample opportunity for performance. Families are encouraged to hold home recitals each week as well.