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.