The Suzuki method is influenced by the violinist Suzuki's observations of how children learn to speak their mother tongue. Some of the characteristics of the method are
- learning music by ear is emphasized over reading musical notation
- increasing the difficulty in small steps
- regular playing in groups
- retaining and reviewing every piece of music ever learned on a regular basis
- frequent public performance
- discouraging competitive attitudes
- emphasis on baroque music
The motivations behind the techniques seem plausible, and it's easy to find supporting anecdotes. However, are there any studies that actually confirm the efficiency of these techniques compared to other techniques?
Is the Suzuki method "better" than other methods?
Edit: For any plausible definition of "better".