"Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill."--Dr. Suzuki
Repetition is the mother of mastery. A child's first word in their native language is said hundreds of times in inconceivable ways to our ears before we recognize it. Likewise, the beginning steps in the Suzuki Method are repeated with many repetitions till they are securely mastered. Children take great delight in truly mastering each step because they gain recognition and independence in their sphere of influence. Adults view repetition as a sign of being slow, but children joyfully will repeat many times that which they have control over and it is this process of repetition and review that creates further desire and energy to learn additional steps. Children derive confidence from that which they know well and grow based upon that principle. It is the duty of the parent and teacher to create desire in the child by allowing them to experience successful repetitions. "Success breeds success." Lessons and home practices always start by beginning with the first piece learned and going in order until arriving at the newest part of the latest piece learned. In this way, children know with surety what to expect both at home and in the studio. They have confidence in themselves and in their skills. Successful achievement eventually becomes exponential.