Recordings on iTunes?

Carey Beth Hockett said: Jan 24, 2013
Carey Beth HockettTeacher Trainer
SAA Board
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
49 posts

I think it’s time that our reference recordings were available on iTunes or a similar digital download sight. Many of our students do not have CD players and they are becoming scarce.

Let’s see how many teachers and families we can get to agree to this point of view. Simply copy the URL of this page and forward it to as many people a possible.

Thanks!

Nicolette Solomon said: Jan 24, 2013
Nicolette Solomon
Suzuki Association Member
8 posts

The new computers don’t have a slot for CD’s and even Target no longer sells CD players, so the students cannot listen to their Suzuki CD’s! SO many of the students have told me about this new “problem”. I had never thought of this until recently! They have searched for the Suzuki CD’s on iTunes or eMusic, to download onto their tablets or iPods.

Megan Titensor said: Jan 24, 2013
Megan Titensor
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
Calle Jose Gabriel Cosio 306 Cusco, Peru
17 posts

I wholeheartedly agree! This would be a huge help and keep Suzuki moving forward with technological advances. 40 and FORWARD, right?

Andrea said: Jan 24, 2013
Andrea YunTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
14 posts

Amen!

Burlington Suzuki Assoc said: Jan 24, 2013
Burlington Suzuki Assoc
Suzuki Association Member
1 posts

I just had this conversation with a parent yesterday regarding listening to the CD and she informed me that they didn’t own a CD player. I am fortunate to have a husband who is technically savy and has loaded our CD’s on to the computer as .wav files so that we can continue to play the music in our house. This was not an easy task to do however without a little know how. I would love to be able to point my parents to an internet site such as emusic or iTunes to download the Suzuki music!!!! Please make this happen! It’s tough enough as it is to convince our Suzuki families to do enough listening. We don’t need technical issues to get in the way!

Daphne

Lilli Gatti said: Jan 24, 2013
 Violin
7 posts

You can download all Violin pieces of volumes 1-5 as MP3 files here:
(with exception of the Suzuki compositions in vol. 1)

Downloadshop of the German Suzuki Institute

Most of the pieces are available in various tempi:
in slow practice tempo, medium practice tempo and performance tempo
You can find some preparatory exercises and additional pieces as well.

These inspiring recordings will be of benefit to any Suzuki violin student.

http://downloadshop.germansuzuki.de

Barb said: Jan 24, 2013
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Should definitely be available through iTunes.

In the mean time, for those without a CD player—do they have a DVD or Bluray player? Those work too!

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Kelly Williamson said: Jan 24, 2013
Kelly WilliamsonTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Flute, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Cambridge, ON
246 posts

Definitely.

Kelly

Christine said: Jan 24, 2013
Christine Goodner
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
68 posts

I was just talking to a parent in my studio about this last week . . . I would love to see this happen!

Christine Goodner

Studio Website: Brookside Suzuki Strings

Blog: The Suzuki Triangle

“When Love is Deep, Much can be Accomplished” ~ Suzuki

Paula Bird said: Jan 24, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Folks, if you haven’t heard of this yet, let me be the first to tell you. Search iTunes for “Suzuki Evergreen” and you will pull up the most amazing recordings at very reasonable prices. Recorded by Takako Nishizaki, she includes tracks that show how the original pieces were intended to be played as well as the recordings of her own playing. For example, she plays Hunters’ Chorus on one track, and the next track has the recording of the piece as it occurs in the Von Weber “Der Freischutz” opera. Very cool indeed! and the recordings are simply lovely. Beautiful tone, style, intonation. The only down side is that the volumes of the recordings do not coincide with the Suzuki volumes. For example, book 1 and 2 are contained on one CD. Doesn’t matter to me, because I bought all of them.

Ms. Nishizaki was the first student to complete the Suzuki course at age 9. You will love these recordings and so will your students. Also available on Amazon.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Barb said: Jan 24, 2013
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Okay cellists, who will make a recording like that for cello? :-)

And it has been pointed out to me that even Bluray (and of course DVD) players are out, and downloading movies direct is where people are going now.

Barb
Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Noelle Perrin said: Jan 24, 2013
Noelle PerrinTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Flute
32 posts

Yes, this is absolutely a necessary step forward!

Sue Hunt said: Jan 25, 2013
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
389 posts

Here, here!

Carrie said: Jan 25, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
58 posts

Seems to me that we all agree here. Wouldn’t someone need to talk to the holder of the copyright for the Suzuki recordings? Isn’t it like Sammy Birch? (I’m in Florida with my new grandchild and don’t have any music with me to check.) What would be the proper/legal channels for this?

carebear1158

Christiane said: Jan 25, 2013
Christiane Pors-Sadoff
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
New York, NY
47 posts

I agree wholeheartedly! I often have recorded pieces (that are not readily available on CD or download) on my recorder and made my own mp3s to attach to emails, and make sure the parents or older students make playlists for the pieces they are currently working on. Then they have all their material on their iPods or smartphones, and have no more excuses for not doing their listening!

Last year I got an iPhone and became a kid in a candy shop with it, and started making videos of myself playing various Suzuki pieces and posting to YouTube. Now they can hear and see all the physical motions necessary to make the sound they are looking for. For me this is the ultimate way for students to learn the pieces, as it is more complete information than listening to only a CD or audio file. This works well for the direct listening phase, not so much for the indirect listening for which they can still use the audio files. What’s great about video is that right away they understand the way I would teach them the particular piece: amount of bow, bow speed, left hand articulation. I’m hooked!

Christiane Pors
Violinist
Mikomi Violin Studio
Kaufman Music Center
NYU Steinhardt

Nicolette Solomon said: Jan 25, 2013
Nicolette Solomon
Suzuki Association Member
8 posts

The positive answer is that Alfred Publishing is working on getting the digital downloads on iTunes or something similar by summer.

Gilda Barston said: Jan 25, 2013
Gilda BarstonISA CEO
Teacher Trainer
Institute Director
ISA Board
Cello
17 posts

I definitely agree! The ISA and Alfred have been working on this for some time. Here is an update from Alfred:

Update from Alfred Music Publishing, 1/25/13
Concerning availability of Suzuki recordings as mp3 downloads.

Responding to requests from members, the ISA began working with Alfred Music approximately a year ago to make the Suzuki recordings available as mp3 downloads. We are very excited to let you know that, in the summer of 2013, recordings will become available at Alfred.com/downloads, beginning with the first volumes of violin, viola, cello, and bass.

The request is in to iTunes and Amazon to also carry the recordings but Alfred has no control over when this will happen. For pedagogical reasons, the ISA made the decision that the recordings will be sold by book as albums, rather than as individual pieces. Alfred is pleased to make this option available.

Also working with new technology, these same volumes will be released as ebooks later in 2013 through the Apple store. This exciting format includes the audio, embedded on the page with the music.

Susan Crosser said: Jan 25, 2013
Susan Crosser
Suzuki Association Member
Piano, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Comstock Park, MI
10 posts

And piano, too, please.

Susan Crosser
www.grsuzukipiano.com

Noelle Perrin said: Jan 25, 2013
Noelle PerrinTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Flute
32 posts

I really hope the flute recordings will also be included in the MP3 downloads on the Alfred.com site!

Diana Nuttall said: Jan 26, 2013
Diana Nuttall
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
16 posts

Great news that we are keeping up with the technology that is being commonly used!

Laura Nelson said: Jan 26, 2013
Laura NelsonGuitar, Piano, Violin
3 posts

Guitar please!:)

Lauralymusic

Lori Bolt said: Jan 27, 2013
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

Absolutely YES!! Piano please : )
I need to try out my DVD player to see if that trick works.

Lori Bolt

Cathy Hargrave said: Jan 28, 2013
Cathy HargraveTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Rowlett, TX
50 posts

Yes for piano too. Not only the new recordings though but the Kataoka ones as well. I use a combination of hers and Seizo’s. Many others do the same.
Cathy Hargrave

Nina Black said: Jan 29, 2013
Nina Black
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Modesto, CA
10 posts

This is a hot topic right now. Although most of my students prefer mp3 for listening to any music, I just had my first experience with a new student who did not own a CD player at all! They have a state-of-the-art sound system and new computer with no CD support!

The parent went to several local stores (WalMart, Target), including two big-box stores, and not one sold small CD players. I told her that she could still buy one on Amazon, but she thought it was odd that we have not yet progressed to a digital format.

I, too, agree with Cathy Hargrave that we need Kataoka’s recordings for piano, as well. I make sure that my students listen to both.

Gwen McKeithen said: Jan 30, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Sonoma, CA
11 posts

If you google boom box or CD players you will find cd players from $25.00 to $250.00.
However, sometimes I have a family who thinks it’s too old fashioned. Suzuki Method does need to be up to date re: technology. I applaud all efforts to do so. I’m looking forward to availability through iTunes.

Gwen McKeithen

Jeremy Chesman said: Jan 30, 2013
Jeremy Chesman
Suzuki Association Member
Organ, Recorder, Voice, Harp
Springfield, MO
24 posts

I was temporarily able to get the Book 5&6 Organ CDs from the Alfred website. Now I can’t seem to find how I got to there. So, I don’t think they’re still available. Not sure if they did that temporarily for other instruments or not.

Sophia said: Jan 30, 2013
Sophia Kim
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Vancouver, BC
16 posts

I think that using a recording wherever you are—to have it in the background or listening to it regularly is good for everyone. Even if your vehicle has it in the car, your student could hum along and visualize their phrases. I agree, we just need to have it more up to date as possible so it blends into everyday life.

Jeremy Chesman said: Jan 31, 2013
Jeremy Chesman
Suzuki Association Member
Organ, Recorder, Voice, Harp
Springfield, MO
24 posts

I another note, I had one of my families take the CDs and download the mp3s. Whenever, the kids were on the computer or playing video games, they figured how to get their system to play the Suzuki recordings instead of the regular video game music. I’ve never had better listeners than that!

Teresa said: Jan 31, 2013
Teresa Skinner
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
69 posts

Jeremy, that is BRILLIANT! Suzuki tunes during video games!

…if you listen to the music, it tells you what to do…

Sue Hunt said: Feb 1, 2013
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
389 posts

Jeremy. It would be really worth knowing how to do that. Could they be persuaded to share?

Jennifer Gray said: Feb 20, 2013
Jennifer Gray
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
28 posts

Glad to hear that it is happening, as I have so many students/parents who have asked for the convenience of online downloading…

Audrey John Melzer said: Mar 5, 2013
Audrey John Melzer
Suzuki Association Member
Bass
Oberlin, OH
6 posts

Bass, please!

Mary said: Mar 17, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
4 posts

Of course, if you have a computer with a Mac computer with CD drive, you can just burn them into your iTunes library… Then they can easily be moved into your iPhone or IPod. But, I agree that the digital downloads should be available, especially for piano!

Mary

Kiyoko said: Mar 19, 2013
 84 posts

The question of playing Suzuki tunes during a video game depends on the game system and the video game. Google it and you will find methods for playing your own tunes on a PS3, Nintendo Wii, etc. You can even play your own Suzuki tunes directly within World of Warcraft with an add-on if you are so inclined not to use a music app on your computer.

Technology abounds!

Debra Smoller said: Aug 9, 2013
Debra Smoller
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Berlin, VT
4 posts

So here it is summer of 2013……… end of summer 2013………and I do not see the recordings on Alfred.com. It is possible to have another update from Alfred? Does anyone know the status of the digital downloads?

Debra Smoller

Heather Reichgott said: Aug 11, 2013
Heather ReichgottPiano
South Hadley, MA
94 posts

Hey there, fellow teacher/performers, what do you think about collaboratively creating a group of mp3 recordings of the pieces that are in the public domain? (That is, the compositions are in the public domain and free for anyone to record, but our recordings wouldn’t have to be public domain.)

Presumably Alfred has plans to do this, but independent artists are much faster and there is a need.

I know for piano, Book 1 is mostly copyrighted arrangements, but Book 2 and up are almost if not entirely pieces in the public domain.

We could just make recordings (maybe the community could vote anonymously on recordings for quality control) and put them on itunes, or maybe bandcamp which offers a pay-what-you-want feature.

Debra Smoller said: Aug 12, 2013
Debra Smoller
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Berlin, VT
4 posts

This sounds complicated to me, especially how to decide who records and whether folks like the interpretation of the pieces. The piano committee already went through this with the most recent recordings, and while many are pleased with the new recordings, many of us also prefer the Kataoka recordings. I think we need to continue to put pressure on Alfred to get the mp3’s out as promised.

Who has connections there? Maybe I’ll do some investigating with SAA. I’ll report back!

Debra Smoller

Renata Pereira said: Aug 13, 2013
Renata PereiraTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Recorder, Suzuki in the Schools
São Caetano Do Sul, SP, Brazil
5 posts

Recorder, please!

Renata Pereira
Recorder Clinician
SAA teacher trainer
www.centrosuzuki.com.br

Fiona Gregor said: Oct 27, 2013
 1 posts

Hi there. I’m a parent new to violin. Could you please tell me if this iTunes recording is the same as the Book 1 CD? Takako Nishizaki plays Suzuki Evergreens Vol 1. Thanks.

Merietta Oviatt said: Oct 28, 2013
Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Cello, Viola
Stevens Point, WI
104 posts

Fiona—it looks like they found all of the pieces that were in public domain and recorded them. Though the few I listened to sounded pretty much the same as what you’d get from the books—be careful that the articulation and bowing are the same.

Dr. Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Specialist
Viola/Violin Instructor
Aber Suzuki Center, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
www.uwsp.edu/suzuki
www.merietta.com
[javascript protected email address]

Wendy said: Oct 28, 2013
Wendy Seravalle-Smith
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Cello, Violin
Thornhill, ON
119 posts

The “official” violin recording is by William Preucil Jr. and not the Naxos artist. My opinion is that we have to be careful to listen to the articulation, bowings, fingerings that the SAA committee worked so hard on to produce this revised recording. Alfred Publishing really needs to get their promised MP3, itunes version accessible or there will be many many unauthorized recordings appearing and causing inconsistencies in what our students are listening to. This is my opinion.

I would love to hear what the SAA office has to say as well as committee members, trainers and other teachers??

Community Youth Orchestra said: Oct 29, 2013
Community Youth OrchestraViolin, Viola
70 posts

| there will be many many unauthorized recordings appearing and
| causing inconsistencies in what our students are listening to.

I would argue that this is precisely what students need, so that they don’t fall into the trap that there is only “one way” to play the music.

Clara Hardie said: Dec 31, 2013
Clara Hardie
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Detroit, MI
21 posts

I posted on another page a comment about low income youth having more access to phones on which they can listen to recordings versus working CD players or computers.

Also wanted to share that I finally found Book 4 youtube recordings that are decent. It sounds like they could be the older Suzuki recordings? They are all called “Suzuki Violin libro”, posted by nuzpudash. Example: “Suzuki Violin libro 4- 02 Concerto nº 5, 1rd Movement. F. Seitz”

Heather Reichgott said: Jan 1, 2014
Heather ReichgottPiano
South Hadley, MA
94 posts

“low income youth having more access to phones on which they can listen to recordings versus working CD players or computers”

I’ve noticed this is true and I confess I don’t understand it.
You can get a CD player boom box for $10. Phones that play music cost over $100 and then have monthly service charges over $50. Anyone have insight?

Andrea said: Jan 2, 2014
Andrea YunTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
14 posts

Imagine your life without your cell phone, and then imagine your life without your CD player. I think it’s as simple as the fact that a CD player can only do one thing.

Carey Beth Hockett said: Jan 2, 2014
Carey Beth HockettTeacher Trainer
SAA Board
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
49 posts

I can’t imagine my life without my cell phone, but I do miss the era of the home stereo, and being as fussy about the quality of my speaker cable as some people I know are about the wine they drink.
STILL, the market is now glutted with bluetooth speakers of all sizes and some of them have a really warm, clean sound and you don’t have the problem of hiding the wires so your cats won’t play with them.
Yes, Andrea, my smart phone is one of the favorite tools I have ever owned and I lose patience with families who don’t have them, or don’t keep them charged, or run out of room to record things. Not to mention teaching in a studio where there is no signal. Let’s get organized, people!!!!

Janie said: Jan 2, 2014
 Violin, Recorder, Viola
Glenwood Springs, CO
16 posts

I don’t understand it either, but I know it is true. I teach in a low income school—more than 75% of our students are below the federal poverty level. The kids have all the gadgets—Ipads, Ipods, cell phones, fancy game systems, you name it. All of them have free lunch, Medicaid, rental assistance, the works. Maybe that’s why their parents can afford all the gadgets.

Violinmaestra

Audrey John Melzer said: Jan 3, 2014
Audrey John Melzer
Suzuki Association Member
Bass
Oberlin, OH
6 posts

I saw the last few comments, and I had to respond.

My family doesn’t have a lot of money. My husband is a farmer and I teach privately. We have two kids and an abundance of student loans. Money is tight most of the time. I had a not-so-smart phone for years, but then it became obsolete and I had no choice but to spend the money, budget it in, and upgrade, just so I could keep up with my students and their families. Computers are expensive and many people use smart phones with cheap plans like they would a computer. It’s limited, but it does the trick if you don’t have to word-process, and you can still stay in contact with people. It’s more cost-effective to chose a device that does more than a CD player. Since everything requires internet these days, it’s not surprising that families with low-incomes try to have some access to it, even if they have free lunch. I doubt the parents afford all the gadgets. There’s always credit cards and other family members giving gifts.

Honestly, it’s not our business. Our business is to make sure each child/family has access to the recordings in one form or another.

Laura said: Jan 3, 2014
Laura Mozena
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Palm City, FL
105 posts

Back to the subject of the recordings. Alfred Publishing announced that they will have all the Suzuki CD’s available for digital download by august 2014. Of course the CD’s will still be available as well so families can choose the listening option that best fits their needs.

Sarah Farrell said: Jan 4, 2014
 
Suzuki Association Member
Flute
Corrales, NM
3 posts

I don’t think we should be judging how people choose to spend their money. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and the resulting choices are different. When my son began private lessons, the only way we could afford it was to stop eating out. Previously, we had eaten out twice a month. Now we never do. That covers half the lessons. We trim in other areas to cover the rest.

As far as people not owning CD players, here are some considerations:

First of all, people don’t buy CDs, they download music, so a CD player isn’t a necessity. I teach music in a public school, and I don’t have a CD player. I rip the CD on my computer, and use an mp3 player.

Secondly, in reference to the comment about families who qualify for free and reduced lunch. That is totally confidential information, so you do not certainly know if they qualify unless they tell you, and not all that qualify actually use that service. People qualify solely on income, not on how they choose to spend their money.

Another thing to consider is that access to services vary. I teach in a small city outside of Albuquerque, yet that city has outlying regions where families have no electricity and/or water. So, if a family wants to have internet access, the best option is often through cell phones, which can be charged at school or work, or in the car, and the families can subscribe to internet access.

At the end of the day, we should be truly honored, and respect that families with so little choose to dedicate their time and hard-earned money to the pursuit of music lessons.

Sarah Farrell

Lori Bolt said: Jan 4, 2014
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

@Laura—Does this include piano? If not, how do we press Alfred to include the piano ASAP?

Lori Bolt

Linda Caraway Cannata said: Jan 4, 2014
Linda Caraway Cannata
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano
West Jefferson, NC
2 posts

Having spent much of my nearly forty year career teaching low income children I am a little disturbed by the direction this conversation has taken.

There are many valid reasons for any parent to provide their child with a cell phone regardless of economic status. But for many parents the overriding issue is safety.

In an economy where many low income and even middle class parents work long hours, often at 2 jobs, just to keep food on the table, the cell phone becomes a lifeline between parent and child. It is a way for overworked parents to keep tabs on their children and it provides the children a level of security knowing that in an emergency Mom or Dad or other help is just the push of a button away.

It saddens me to think that when an affluent parent with a large discretionary income provides their child with a cell phone that parent is considered responsible and generous. But when a poor parent budgets and sacrifices to provide their child with a cell phone that parent is suspected of being irresponsible or even dishonest (they get free lunch but they can afford a cell phone).

I don’t believe that prejudice and stereotyping are consistent with the Suzuki philosophy. How can we nurture our children with love if we do not respect them or their families?

Audrey John Melzer said: Jan 4, 2014
Audrey John Melzer
Suzuki Association Member
Bass
Oberlin, OH
6 posts

To Linda & Sarah: Thank you for your responses! Very well said!

Libby Felts said: Jan 7, 2014
Libby FeltsSAA Staff
Forum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
35 posts

Hi all—latest update from Alfred re: piano is they’ll be sent to distributors “soon,” but I do not have any specific timeline on that. Recordings for the other instruments could be posted to iTunes, Amazon, etc., any day now.

Johanna Rachel Brunjes said: Jan 8, 2014
Johanna Rachel BrunjesViolin
Walnut Cove, NC
4 posts

Let me know when the malware is available to turn on these electronic devices remotely and play the reference recordings for the students. Wink, wink. Any creative ideas about what to do with the tons of unwanted cd’s lying around?

Rachel

Lori Bolt said: Jan 8, 2014
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

Thank you, Libby, for checking on the piano recordings :)
Hopefully “soon” means soon!

Well….here it is mid-July 2014, and obviously “soon” doesn’t mean all that soon since the piano recordings are still not available. I can’t blame lack of students’ listening completely on the CD player situation, but it certainly isn’t helping!

Lori Bolt

Sue Hunt said: Jan 9, 2014
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
389 posts

I would be tempted to take the recordings and create my own mix. The best results I have ever had from a family was when the mum turned on the recording at a low volume first thing in the kitchen and left it on till bed time. At a low level, it still sinks in without driving everyone crazy.

Community Youth Orchestra said: Jan 14, 2014
Community Youth OrchestraViolin, Viola
70 posts

I had an amusing experience today where I showed one of my students the CD included with one of her music books, and the first words out of her mouth were: “I don’t think we have anything that can play that.” :P

Jennifer Kovarovic said: Mar 28, 2014
Jennifer Kovarovic
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Seattle, WA
18 posts

One of my students just told me that the Violin Book 1 pieces are on Spotify. Has anyone heard those recordings yet? Do you know who did them, if they're any good, etc?

Maeve O'Hara said: Mar 31, 2014
Maeve O’Hara
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Oak Park, IL
5 posts

Firstly. Yes! The iBook for iPad was a good first step, but can't be used for everyday listening.

Jennifer—Spotify has the "Suzuki Evergreens" / Takako Nishizaki / Naxos recordings. They are fine recordings, but to my ear sounds like there are many, many minute changes to phrasing, tempo, articulations, e.g. no 4th finger in Perpetual Motion, more complex dynamics and phrases, more use of 4th finger in earlier pieces, etc. Then there are the big changes—e.g. May Song is repeated, or the single sections of Perpetual are repeated before going to doubles, O Come Little Children is not repeated.

But a nice touch is that there are recordings of the pieces as they were written originally, e.g. an actual Chorus singing the Chorus from Judas Maccabeus!

Considering all of the effort and thought put into the Preucil recordings by the SAA, they still are the primary listening for my students. But, you can judge for yourself!

Spotify via your web browser: https://play.spotify.com (search Takako Nishikazi)

Friederike said: Apr 1, 2014
Friederike Lehrbass
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Plano, TX
71 posts

Wow, I guess I'm technically behind. I'm all for Suzuki on itunes, but I can't believe that teh new computers have no slots for CDs. I sure do not like that. I think there needs some way to put it on a hard copy. Strange times.

Praise the Lord with the stringed instrument

Heather Reichgott said: Apr 2, 2014
Heather ReichgottPiano
South Hadley, MA
94 posts

Well, I now have some students who OWN the CD but do their listening on Youtube! Definitely strange times.

Anne Brennand said: Apr 2, 2014
Anne Brennand
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
Boulder, CO
37 posts

Hello everyone. I have just carefully read each comment on this issue. As Shinichi Suzuki felt the audio support for this language based learning a primary tenant for Talent Education, why not allow the SAA website to have recordings available for download without charge? Do we really need a profit going to a separate entity (Alfred Publishing)? —Anne

Anne Brennand, cellist and cello teacher

Lori Bolt said: Apr 3, 2014
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

What about an Access Code included in the purchase of each book, like some college text books have, that would enable downloading of the recordings (I repeat myself ~ Piano please: Kataoka & Azuma)? I also wonder what Drs. Suzuki and Kataoka would think of these complications, profit-making, etc. involving listening when it is the core of the Method.

Lori Bolt

Heather Reichgott said: Apr 4, 2014
Heather ReichgottPiano
South Hadley, MA
94 posts

Yes, Lori!
Not to mention that most of the compositions in the public domain and part of our cultural inheritance now.

Mengwei said: May 10, 2014
Mengwei Shen
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Cello
Jersey City, NJ
120 posts
Lori Bolt said: May 11, 2014
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

Some of my parents have just this week told me of their trouble finding a replacement CD player for one that broke….it came up when I did a studio incentive chart for listening only. So these families have not been listening for that reason, but didn't tell me.

Please SAA, work toward a digital option to be made available ASAP. It's obviously becoming more difficult for our students to listen to CDs other than in their cars or installed on their computer (which may not have a CD slot as mentioned in one post!). Help us out here, please.

Lori Bolt

Susan Crosser said: May 11, 2014
Susan Crosser
Suzuki Association Member
Piano, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Comstock Park, MI
10 posts

Thank you Mengwei, for posting.

Hooray! Suzuki recordings are now available through iTunes.
Here is the link we have all been waiting for.

https://suzukiassociation.org/news/digital-downloads-suzuki-recordings-now-available/

I will patiently wait for piano….

Susan Crosser
www.grsuzukipiano.com

Friederike said: May 12, 2014
Friederike Lehrbass
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Plano, TX
71 posts

We had a DVD player, that also plays CDs. Those should still be available.

Praise the Lord with the stringed instrument

Jennifer Visick said: May 12, 2014
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

And, Laurie Niles has complied a list of links to download the recordings on Amazon, easier to find than going through the announcement link:

http://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20145/15813/

Elizabeth Friedman said: May 13, 2014
Elizabeth Friedman
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
49 posts

Yes!! How excellent. Now students who inevitably scratch/lose their CDs, or who don't have easy access to a CD player, can still listen to their recordings without excuse :)

Eleanor Bennett said: May 16, 2014
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Villa Rica, GA
62 posts

Can’t find them.  where do I look?

Eleanor Bennett

Jennifer Kovarovic said: May 23, 2014
Jennifer Kovarovic
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Seattle, WA
18 posts

Yay, I'm so happy that the recordings are available as MP3's on Amazon now!

For some reason I couldn't locate them when I searched the iTunes store, but I used the convenient links that Laurie Niles compiled (thanks for posting them, Jennifer Visick!) and found the recordings that way.

Nancy Brown said: Jul 13, 2014
Nancy Brown
Suzuki Association Member
Piano, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Charlotte, NC
7 posts

Piano yet?
I was amazed when new students said CD players were not readily available. Those students listen in their car.
Spotify is another way to listen to better recordings of standard literature.

Lori Bolt said: Jul 14, 2014
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

Car listening is better than none, obviously, but imagine hearing your native language only while riding in your car! Yet that is the only place many families have a CD player :-(

Lori Bolt

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