Dr. Shinichi Suzuki: Teaching Music from the Heart

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The son of a violin maker in Nagoya, Japan, Shinichi Suzuki was interested in music from a young age. After teaching himself the violin by playing along with the classical music he heard on records, Suzuki, at the age of twenty-two, traveled to Germany in 1920 to study violin. While listening to a performance of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major in Berlin, Suzuki had a revelation that would forever change his life: Music's higher purpose was "to further the happiness of all people." From then on he dedicated ...
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The son of a violin maker in Nagoya, Japan, Shinichi Suzuki was interested in music from a young age. After teaching himself the violin by playing along with the classical music he heard on records, Suzuki, at the age of twenty-two, traveled to Germany in 1920 to study violin. While listening to a performance of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major in Berlin, Suzuki had a revelation that would forever change his life: Music's higher purpose was "to further the happiness of all people." From then on he dedicated himself to spreading the joy of music to everyone -- beginning with children. Back in Japan, he began the Talent Education Program, which was based on the philosophy that all children had a talent that could enrich their lives. Today, children worldwide enjoy learning to play the violin, flute, piano and other musical instruments by using Suzuki's method, with its emphasis on positive reinforcement, group practice, parental involvement, and most of all, love and respect.

A biography of the Japanese violin teacher who developed the Suzuki Method, a way of teaching children how to play certain musical instruments at a very early age.

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Children's Literature
Perhaps you have heard of the Suzuki Method for teaching violin. This story follows the life of Shinichi Suzuki, author of the method. Mr. Suzuki was born in 1898 in Nagoya, Japan. He was described as an "exuberant boy." His father was a violin maker but Shinichi was not interested in making music at a young age. His father insisted that Shinichi study business so that he could eventually run the family business. Shinichi did not become interested in playing the violin until he finished high school. Once, while on a cruise with family friends, he heard a famous violist play and Shinichi begged to be taken as a student. Shinichi's playing flowered and soon he had pupils of his own. In the 1930's, he formulated his theory about nurturing musical ability in young children. His method spread across the world, stressing the joy of music and parental involvement in learning. Mr. Suzuki died in 1998, but not before becoming world famous for his unique contribution to music education. This book, illustrated with grainy black-and-white photos, outlines Mr. Suzuki's interesting life and is one in a series about "Masters of Music." 2002, Morgan Reynolds, $20.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer:Meredith Kiger
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The "Masters of Music" series attempts to take the reader from the birth to the death of each of the five men covered. The John Coltrane title by rachel Stiffler manages to do so fairly well, taking him from his youth in South Carolina to jazz-legend status in Philadelphia and New York. Coltrane's childhood and adolescence are dealt with quickly, and his experiences as a musician are concentrated upon. His addictions to heroin and alcohol are discussed, mostly in relation to how they affected his music and playing as the member of various bands. The Dr. Shinichi Suzuki book by David Collins, on the other hand, is much less organized. The first few chapters are not completely chronological, and as a result, are somewhat confusing. This confusion does not continue after he goes to Austria to study music, but Collins's approach is less factual and much more editorial than Barron's. Collins's book would probably be appreciated by a slightly younger audience than Barron's book, which is definitely young adult. Other titles in the series profile Bix Beiderbecke, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and William Grant Still. Index. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. VOYA Codes: 2Q 2P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002, Morgan Reynolds, 96p. PLB Roberts
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Gr 4-6-Collins quickly takes readers from Suzuki's birth in Japan in 1898 through his childhood and his education. He explains how his subject acquired the talent for the violin, and, in his later years, how he came to teach young children the famous method of playing not only the violin, but eventually other instruments as well. The book seems to be written by a bystander who perfunctorily researched the musician's life through articles and books and then wrote about him. Words and objects that are now out of date are not always explained or defined in context, and there is no glossary. The text in the first few chapters jumps around, and key descriptions of people and places are missing, and therefore left to readers' imaginations. Eventually, though, the writing becomes clearer, and Suzuki's story and descriptions of his work are told quite well. Children will find this book helpful for reports as well as for casual reading. Six pages of black-and-white photos are included. An additional purchase.-Julie E. Darnall, Chester County Library, Exton, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781883846497
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Masters of Music Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Mischief Maker 9
Chapter 2 Big Decisions 16
Chapter 3 New Directions 24
Chapter 4 Understanding Art 33
Chapter 5 Discovery 39
Chapter 6 Sounds of War 54
Chapter 7 Thoughts into Action 63
Chapter 8 A Special Visit 70
Chapter 9 Final Notes 76
Timeline 90
Bibliography 92
Websites 93
Index 94
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