When Love is deep, much can be accomplished
Shinichi Suzuki, the man who developed the Suzuki Method, was born on October 17, 1898, in Nagoya, Japan and died on January 26, 1998, at his home in Matsumoto, Japan. He lived to be 99 years old,
Dr. Shinichi Suzuki was one of twelve children and his father owned a violin factory. He and his brothers and sisters played near the factory and saw instruments being made, but they never realized what beautiful sounds could come from a violin. When he was seventeen, Shinichi heard a recording of Schubert’s Ave Maria, played by a famous violinist named Mischa Elman. After this, Dr. Suzuki brought a violin home from the factory and taught himself to play. A few years later he took violin lessons from a teacher in Tokyo. Then, when he was 22 years old, he went to Germany and studied with a famous teacher named Karl Klingler. He also met his wife Waltraud in Germany. They married and moved back to Japan, where he began to teach violin. Dr. Suzuki wanted to give something back to the children in Japan and the rest of the world.
He believed that All Children Have Talent. The environment will determine the success or failure of the student because all children can learn if they are taught in the right way.
The Suzuki Method also remind us that we will be more successful if we break each new skill to the smallest possible step, with a lot of good repetitions and positive reinforcement. His method is based in the mother tongue approach to learning and daily listening to recordings is essential in this method.
Dr. Suzuki believed that hearing and playing great music helped children become good people. He hoped that these children would help bring peace and understanding to the world. His goal was never to create musical prodigies, but to help all children develop their potential to have a “beautiful heart.”
If you want to know more about Dr. Suzuki’s life, I recommend to read the book “Nurtured By Love”, also available on video tape.