Listening options for Android devices

Maren Elliott said: Jul 22, 2018
Maren Elliott
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Edmonton, AB
1 posts

More and more I’m seeing that CD players are becoming obsolete. Many of my families either do not own a CD player, or they don’t use one because they no longer use the technology in their day-to-day lives.

I know that the Suzuki recordings for home listening are available on itunes (or apple music? I’m not an apple person so I don’t know specifics) , however about half my studio families use android devices.

On Spotify and google play, there are no options for putting official and current Suzuki violin and viola recordings on these phones or tablets. This is a huge barrier to listening. I know on google play and Spotify there is “Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens”. Does anyone use this? Some of my families did last year but some found the labeling of tracks confusing since they did not always line up with what is in the book, and there are some other differences as well.

Are there any other good Suzuki streaming options for non-apple devices?

Paula Bird said: Jul 23, 2018
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
404 posts

I also have the Suzuki Evergreens, and they are lovely. They also include tracks that show the song as it is originally done (flute, opera chorus, etc). If this is your option, then it doesn’t matter if the tracks line up. Listening is most important!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio (blog) (podcast)

Lois Reiter said: Jul 23, 2018
Lois Reiter
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Gatesville, TX
13 posts

I think most of my students put the recordings on their computers and then put them on their phones. Or they youtube them (no idea what they are listening to or watching at that point—but glad they’re listening).

Grace said: Jul 23, 2018
 1 posts

“On Spotify and google play, there are no options for putting official and current Suzuki violin and viola recordings on these phones or tablets. “

We subscribe to Google Play Music, you can upload your music to your account. We stream the music to the Chromecasts connected to the whole house in-ceiling speaker system, or use a bluetooth connection to play in the car.

I also use “Audipo” app to play music in different speeds for playing along.

Hope this help.

Elizabeth Erb Sherk said: Jul 24, 2018
Suzuki Association Member
33 posts

This topic is really important. I would like to see many more responses to Marion Elliot’s question. How are Suzuki Families listening to the Suzuki Music Repertoire? I was in a discussion this afternoon at Institut Suzuki Montreal in which we were invited to pair up and discuss ways to enhance our home environments to make the whole Suzuki Process more enjoyable and workable. I was rather delighted to be sitting by another mother who still uses a CD player. Her complaint though is that the sound quality is not very good.

MaryLou Roberts said: Jul 25, 2018
MaryLou RobertsTeacher Trainer
Institute Director
SAA Board
Suzuki Association Member
Ann Arbor, MI
317 posts

Most of my students say they download the music to the computer. Also, many have it on their phone which links to the car speakers. The recordings can be downloaded from Alfred’s web site, and if it goes on the computer, they can use it on different devices….kid’s I-pads, etc.

Laura McDermott said: Jul 25, 2018
Laura McDermott
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Aurora, CO
15 posts

This question has made me realize I should pay more attention to how are students going about listening. The mechanics of how students go about listening hasn’t come up much as a problem recently. It was a bigger problem a few years ago.

During the last few years I have begun asking students if they have a way to play a CD. Nearly all still do though I know soon that will be a thing of the past. Students are encouraged to download their CD to a computer. From there I believe they load it to whatever is their preferred listening device and listen that way.

I know a lot of students listen on their or their parent’s phone. Many also have their music on a pad. It never occurred to me to wonder if those are android or iphones or if there is a difference. I don’t think a service is being used. I think that the music is just loaded on the phone, or pad and listened to that way.

I know that some students still listen to the CD in a CD player often in a boom box kind of thing usually in their bedroom. Often those students are listening to the CD at bedtime.

At least sometimes some students use YouTube to do their listening.

Laura McDermott

Anita said: Jul 25, 2018
 40 posts

We still use the CDs in our ancient cars, and it’s a given that that’s all we listen to while in the car.

We burn a copy of the CD to the main computer at home, then air drop / share with multiple devices.

We find the music quality on the iphone / ipad to be (generally) unworkable. We prefer to use whatever device (computer, phone, pad) to airdrop to wireless speakers.

My son complains the tone on the iphone / ipad speakers are “tinny” and “horrible,” and even my daughter won’t listen while on her phone (and we have the 7s, with ear bud jack).

I let them take the speakers into their rooms when they need to practice with the music.


Kelly Williamson said: Jul 25, 2018
Kelly WilliamsonTeacher Trainer
Institute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Flute, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Cambridge, ON
318 posts

Anita, I think it is so fabulous that you are all underlining the importance of the quality of sound—and the value of your children’s music practice and study—in this way. Bravo! Thanks for sharing!

I recently had to get a new car. We opted not to get the CD player just to keep costs down, and I am so regretting it! Then again, I didn’t have young musicians depending on me.


Paula Bird said: Jul 25, 2018
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
404 posts

I put CD in iTunes on the computer, which also puts copy on my iPhone. I use Bluetooth speakers for playback from my phone and therefore real stereo sound, not “tinny” or “horrible.”

If I can, I buy recordings on iTunes/Apple Music, or Amazon as mp3 recording and again put in my iTunes, which transfers to my phone. The best part about using the iTunes set up is that I can create playlists with just the songs that I need.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio (blog) (podcast)

Lori Bolt said: Jul 26, 2018
Lori BoltPiano
San Clemente, CA
262 posts

I recently had a family mention that they found the Suzuki piano recordings on Spotify.

Lori Bolt

Sarah Wise said: Mar 5, 2019
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
3 posts

I use and recommend Amazon. After purchasing the mp3 from the amazon store I can listen through either the Amazon App or Google Play on my phone.

You must log in to post comments.

A note about the discussion forum: Public discussion forum posts are viewable by anyone. Anyone can read the forums, but you must create an account with your email address to post. Private forums are viewable by anyone that is a part of that private forum's group. Discussion forum posts are the opinion of the poster and do not constitute endorsement by or official position of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Please do not use the discussion forums to advertise products or services