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Article on the Suzuki method

Connie Sunday said: Aug 11, 2015
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
670 posts

This article was written with great respect for the SAA and the people in this forum. Would really appreciate feedback.

Reflexions Magazine: 0bjections to Suzuki Training and Teaching

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Alan Duncan said: Aug 14, 2015
Suzuki Association Member
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Hi. I sent a response, copied here:

Your article on objections to Suzuki training and teaching succinctly captures commonly-held beliefs about Suzuki talent education.

An issue that I hear and read frequently is that advanced Suzuki-trained kids may be technically proficient but lack the depth of musical expression because their learning and playing is so “programmed.” I am unaware that any data support this belief; and I frankly disbelieve it. But the sentiment is out there.

As for the speculation that Suzuki lowered the starting age to 3 in an effort to expand his commercial enterprise, I don’t know. Nothing in what I’ve read suggest that Suzuki had entrepreneurial ambitions that exceeded his ambitions of seeing children learn to play well. I suspect that pushing the limits on age had more to do with the fundamental theoretical connection between language acquisition and development of musical talent.

I would also add that I’ve encountered negative reactions to Suzuki talent education based on its reliance on parental involvement. Some traditionalists see it as a crutch that props up marginally-committed students until they finally develop enough enough power to overcome parental objections to quitting.

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