Welcome back to season two of Building Noble Hearts, I’m Margaret Watts Romney. Since the ending of season one last fall, we have loved hearing from you in our discussions website page and directly as well. Thanks especially for the great ratings and reviews on iTunes! It really helps more people know about the podcast.

In season one we talked with individuals, and saw how specific principles of Suzuki teaching influenced their lives. In season two, we pull back and take a broader view of the ways Suzuki philosophy has influenced people through time, between community members, inside families, and across the globe.

Here’s a peek at some of our upcoming stories:

I even have these Memories of lying under his piano while he taught and coloring.

Staying in connection with them, supporting them, hopefully empowering them, and then saying, “you can do this and I expect you to. “

We have to be stretched, we have to be ready to try new and different things.

I have discovered that it is infinitely more terrifying to sit through your child’s recital than it is to play your own solos at Carnegie hall.

A kid who can get frustrated who has the emotional wherewithal to redirect, have that innate sense of competence, “I can do this! I can figure this out for my own,” that kid is more teachable.

..training young musicians in what seemed to be on the surface, music, but that had much deeper implications. Somehow a way of becoming better citizens.

One time I came into his studio and he had a map of the world, and a map of the US on the wall and he handed me a box of tacks and he said, “Choose a region.’ I did, and he started rattling off the top of his head every single name of every student he had ever had who had come from that place in the world.

I’m here in Santiago Chile. Let’s see, it’s March, so we’re starting to getting into fall.

The other day I am teaching and a moose walked by studio window! And so the students said, “Oh! A moose!” We all stopped and admire it as it wanders through.

I thought wow, it was about time someone took initiative to perform this piece in this way as a collective but not as a group. To do it on a global scale is pretty cool.

We are so much better together than we are as individuals. We really need each other I think.

At this point, now that I’m pregnant and bringing my own children into this community, I’m so happy that it exists.. I almost just cried.

The first episode of season 2 of Building Noble Hearts lands in your pod-catcher on May 28, which happens to be on the last day of the 18th biennial Conference of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, sponsored in part by Robertson and Sons violins.
Our theme music,
Sun Up is composed by Steven Katz and Derek Snyder and performed by the Snyder cello army. Spread the word about the new season, and we will see you soon.