Recommended books to read


Kathleen Kono said: Dec 2, 2011
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Shelburne, VT
12 posts

I have been teaching for 15 years but am new to Suzuki. I have wanting to switch for a long time and finally have time to do it right. I am going to my first official training (ECC) in January. I would some recommendations on books to read, add to my collection, that Suzuki violin teachers (or anyone) likes. I have read Nurthered by Love and I have all of the revised method books. Thank you in advance.

Connie Sunday said: Dec 2, 2011
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

I collect the Suzuki materials and I have an extensive list here:

which includes:

** Booklets by Summy-Birchard

Agopian, Edmond: The no time to practice technique companion

ASTA String Syllabus 2003

Bachman, A.: Encyclopedia of Violin

Baker, T.: Schirmer Pocket Manual of Musical Terms

Barlow: Easy Baroque Duets

Barnes, Gail: Applying Research to the Teachings and Playing of Stringed Instruments

Carolyn M. Barrett, Ph.D, The Magic of Matsumoto: The Suzuki Method of Education

Barrett, H.: The Viola

Bauman, Susan C.: In Search of the Japanese Spirit in Talent Education

Behrand, L & Sheila Keats: Suzuki Approach, The

Bigler, C & Lloyd-Watts: Studying Suzuki Piano: More than Music

Bigler, C & Lloyd-Watts: Ornamentation

Bodman, Lyman: Essays on Violin Pedagogy

Boyk, James: To Hear Ourselves as Others Hear Us (Amazon). Also see: Professor Boyk’s Performance Recordings, which includes a link to his To Hear Ourselves As Others Hear Us (Book)

Bron, Zakhar: Art of the Etude, The

Bruser, Madeline: The Art of Practicing : A Guide to Making Music from the Heart

Butler, Mimi: The complete guide to running a private music studio

Butler, Mimi: The complete guide to making more money in the private music studio

Butler, Mimi: Mimi Butler’s Homepage to purchase books if they are not available used, on Amazon

Cahill, Greg: Making Your Living as a String Player

Colquhoun, Frona; What the Students Taught the Teacher

Comeau, Gilles, Ph.D.: 10 Teachers’ Viewpoints on Suzuki Piano

Clifford A. Cook, Suzuki Education in Action: A Story of Talent Training from Japan (An Exposition-university book)

Dalton, David: Playing the Viola, Conversations with William Primrose

Eiche, John F.: The Bach Chaconne for Solo Violin

Fest, Beverly Tucker: Suzuki Pianist’s List of Supplementary Materials

Findlay, Elsa: Rhythm and Movement (Dalcroze Eurythmics)

Fink, Lorraine: A Parent’s guide to String Instrument Study

Gerle, Robert: Art of Practicing the Violin, The

Gerle, Robert: Art of Bowing Practice, The

Gilligan, Judy & Wagstaff: Violin Verses

Goldberg, Milton: The violin column: A collection of articles for both teachers and parents focusing on care of the violin, practicing, technique, and motivation

Green, Barry: Inner Game of Music, The

Green, Barry: Mastery of Music, The

Grilli, Susan: Preschool in the Suzuki Spirit

Havas, Kato: New Approach to Violin Playing, A

Havas, Kato: Stage Fright

Havas, Kato: Twelve Lesson Course, The

Hermann, Evelyn: Shinichi Suzuki The Man and His Philosophy

Honda, Masaaki, M.D.: Shinichi Suzuki: Man of Love

Honda, Masaaki, M.D.: Suzuki Changed My Life

Honda, Masaaki, M.D.: Vehicle of Music, The

Horvath, Janet: Playing (less) Hurt

Hunt, Sandy: 101 Sizzling Tips for Excellence on the Violin

Ibuka, Masaru: Kindergarten Is Too Late!

Kataoka, Haruko: How to Teach Beginners

Kataoka, Haruko: Sensibility and Education

** Kataoka, Haruko: My Thoughts on Suzuki Piano School

Kataoka, Haruko: My Thoughts on Suzuki Piano Technique

Kemper, Susan: Between Parent & Teacher

Kempter, Susan: How Muscles Learn

Kendall, Catherine Wolff: More Stories of Composers

Kendall, Catherine Wolff: Stories of Composers

Kendall, Catherine Wolff: Stories of Women Composers

** Kendall, John: Suzuki Violin Method in American Music Education, The

Kennedy, Michael: Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music

Kenneson, Claude: Musical Prodigies

Kochevitsky, George: Art of Piano Playing

Kolneder, Walter: Amadeus Book of the Violin

Koppelman, Doris: Introducing Suzuki Piano

Kreitman, Edward: Teaching from the Balance Point

Landers, Ray: Is Suzuki Education Working in America

Landers, Ray: The Talent Education School of Shinichi Suzuki: An Analysis: Application of Its Philosophy and Methods to All Areas of Instruction (Exposition-Banner Book)

Lester, Joel: Bach’s Works for Solo Violin

Liebermann, Julie Lyonn: Contemporary Violinist, The

Liebermann, Julie Lyonn: Improvising Violin

Liebermann, Julie Lyonn: Planet Musician

Liebermann, Julie Lyonn: You Are Your Instrument: The Definitive Musician’s Guide

Loft, Abram: How to Succeed in an Ensemble

Meyer, Carolyn McCall: Group Lessons for Suzuki: Violin and Viola

Menuhin, William Primrose: Violin & Viola (Yehudi Menuhin Music Guides)

Merrill & Brandt: Pre-Twinkle Book, The New

Mills, Elizabeth: In the Suzuki Style: A Manual for Raising Musical Consciousness in Children

Mills, Elizabeth, S. Therese Murphy: Suzuki Concept: An Introduction to a Successful Method for Early Music Education

Morris, Carroll: Suzuki Parent’s Diary: Or How I Survived My First 10,000 Twinkles

Mozart, Leopold: A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing

Mullins, Shirley: Teaching Music, the Human Experience

Nathan, Amy: Young Musician’s Survival Guide

Nelson, Sheila M.: Violin and Viola: History, Structure, Techniques

Norris, Richard, M.D.: Musician’s Survival Guide

Orchestra Musician’s CD-ROM Library, Vol. 1

Perkins, Marianne Murry: A Comparison of Violin Playing Techniques: Kato Havas, Paul Rolland, and Shinichi Suzuki

Pernecky, Jack M. & Fink: Teaching the Fundaments of Violin Playing

Pomer, Vic: Le Violon Sans Douleur

Portafekas & Marlow: Making Music with Your Child

Powell, Mary C.: Focus on Suzuki Piano (About Suzuki)

Primrose, William: Walk on the North Side

Richards, Cynthia: How to Get Your Child to Practice without Resorting to Violence

Rickman, Shirlee: Parent Orientation Handbook

Riley, M.: History of the Viola, Vol. 1

Riley, M.: History of the Viola, Vol. 2

Rolland, Paul: Basic Principles of Violin Playing

Rolland, Paul: Teaching of Action in String Playing

Ross, Barry: A Violinist’s Guide to Exquisite Intonation

Sand, Barbara Lourie: Teaching Genius: Dorothy DeLay & the Making of a Musician

Schneiderman, Barbara: Confident Music Performance

Sherer, Lon: Practicing, a Liturgy of Self-Learning

Sherman, Marc: Non-Musical Notation for Suzuki Violin Parents (Vols. 1-3)

Sherman, Marc: Non-Musical Notation for Suzuki Violin Parents—Popular Songs for Violin

Sloan, Kay Collier: They’re Rarely Too Young..and Never Too Old “To Twinkle”

Starr, William: Adventures in Music Reading for Violin, Bk. 1

Starr, William: Adventures in Music Reading for Violin, Bk. 2

Starr, William: The Suzuki Violinist: A Guide for Teachers and Parents

Starr, William, Constance Star: To Learn With Love: A Companion for Suzuki Parents

Steinhardt, Arnold: Indivisible by Four: A String Quartet in Pursuit of Harmony

Steinschaden, Bruno: Ear Training and Violin Playing

Suzuki, Shinichi: Ability Development from Age Zero

Suzuki, Shinichi: Man and Talent: Search into the Unknown

Suzuki, Shinichi: Nurtured by Love

** Suzuki, Shinichi: How to Teach Suzuki Piano

Suzuki, Waltraud: My Life with Suzuki

Swafford, Jan: Vintage Guide to Classical Music

Syllabus of Examinations 2003 Royal School of Music

Tanaka, Shigeki: Everything Depends on How You Raise Them

Timmerman, Craig: Journey Down the Kreisler Highway: Reflections on the Teachings of Shinichi Suzuki

Wagstaff, Diane: Games and Motivation for the Suzuki Violin Student

Wickes, Linda: The Genius of Simplicity: Suzuki Method (About Suzuki)

Wilson, Charlene: Teaching Suzuki Cello: A Manual for Teacher and Parents

Yelin, Joy: Movement that Fits (Dalcroze Eurythmics)

Young, Phillis: Playing the String Game

Young, Phillis: String Play, The

Yurko, Michiko: No H in Snake: Music Theory for Children

Shinichi Suzuki: His Speeches and Essays (About Suzuki)

Where Love Is Deep: The Writings of Shin’Ichi Suzuki by Kyoko Selden (Translator)

For Children:

Margaret Keith, I can play my violin just as well as Jeremy can!: The Suzuki way

Catherine Wolff Kendall, Stories of composers for young musicians

M. Parkinson, Mommy , Can We Practice Now?

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:

Tiffany Holliday said: Dec 2, 2011
Tiffany Holliday
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Eugene, OR
12 posts

I highly recommend “The Talent Code” which has little to do with music and nothing about Suzuki, but it is essentially the scientific evidence that the Suzuki method works.

Other Suzuki books that I recommend are “helping parents practice” and “teaching from the balance point.”

Welcome to the fray!

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Sue Hunt said: Dec 3, 2011
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
389 posts

Two excellent books which haven’t been mentioned are:
First Class Tips for Suzuki Parents and Winning Ways, Strategies for Suzuki Parents. These are both compilations of articles from the SAA Journal and are available from the SAA. I recommend both to new parents.Music in Practice

Lori Bolt said: Dec 3, 2011
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

I recommend the Starrs’ To Learn with Love, and Suzuki’s Ability Development From Age Zero—both listed above. And of course, the American Suzuki Journal—and these discussions—are a great source of information and ideas for teachers.

Dig in and keep on reading! Welcome to the journey :)

Lori Bolt

Kathleen Kono said: Dec 13, 2011
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Shelburne, VT
12 posts

Wow, thank you everyone for your suggestions. I am going to start with ability from age zero and move to the first class tips after that. I am going to aim for a couple of books every month. Looks like I will have a wealth of information to dive into. I am excited.

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