What about reading music?
The Mother-Tongue Method recognises that reading music follows the acquisition of good technical and musical skills just as reading a language is learnt after a child can speak fluently.
The stage at which the child begins to learn reading music varies according to age and general development. However, it will always be after basic playing skills have been mastered.
It is important in the early stages that the auditory senses are fully developed before the visual senses begin to dominate the learning process. Children who read the music too early often don’t listen well to tone, pitch and musicality.
Suzuki students are taught to read music and in a full course of study become as adept at sight-reading as students who started their study with the printed page