Following the philosophy of the world renowned pedagogue and humanitarian, Shin'ichi Suzuki, the faculty at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School have been enriching the lives of children through the study of music for over thirty years.
WSSTE and the NSS enjoy a reputation for excellence that is well-known throughout the world. We offer instruction in violin, viola, and cello. The Suzuki approach deals with much more than teaching a child how to play an instrument. It seeks to develop the whole child, to help unfold his natural potential to learn and become a good and happy person.
Our faculty is comprised of highly trained professional musicians. All faculty have a bachelor's degree in music performance or music education and are extensively trained in the Suzuki method.
When children start their lessons at an early age, a parent participates by attending lessons, taking notes and practicing with the child at home. We teach the children to play by ear at first, allowing the student to focus on posture, tone, intonation and musicality.
The important skill of reading music is added to the curriculum after the basic skills of playing the instrument are mastered.
Our purpose does not lie in a movement to create professional musicians, but to create persons of a beautiful mind and fine ability. We engage in human education through music so that children will grow with beautiful and high sensitivity, through an unparalleled, uniquely musical approach.