suzuki & montessori philosophy

said: Mar 31, 2006
 13 posts

My sister worked at a montessori pre-school for a year and I got interested little bit. I am considering a training classes over the summer. Does anyone have any inputor opinion about montessori education in relation to the suzuki education?

If not, as a suzuki teacher, do you think it will be a benefit for you to have other method/philophy (kindermusik, musikgarten, montessori, etc) learning opportunity as a SUZUKI EDUCATOR? (I have no doubt in keeping my career as a suzuki teacher.)

said: Apr 1, 2006
 55 posts

I do not know a lot about Montessori, but I do know a couple of things. Dr. Suzuki was an admirer of Maria Montessori and her philosophy. In many ways the Suzuki philosophy and the Montessori philosophy are very similar. This year, most of my young beginners also attend some kind of Montessori school (either preschool or Kindergarten).

said: Apr 1, 2006
 122 posts

I think it highly depends on the specific school a student goes to. There are a lot of variations on Maria Montessori’s philosophy (like there is about Suzuki philosophy!!) and some can be taken to the extreme. I love how the kids are eager learners, learn far beyond what an average student in their grade learns, and how they tend to believe they can learn anything. I’ve seen this just about across the board in my Montessori students. However, from certain schools in my area the kids absolutely cannot take any instruction or critique from an adult or a kid, and this makes an interesting dynamic between teacher and child and parent and child.

“When love is deep, much can be accomplished.”
-Shinichi Suzuki

said: Apr 1, 2006
 26 posts

Montessori schools really stress creating an environment of learning, much like Suzuki, but I don’t see a lot of Montessori schools trying to get parents to “take the learning home”, as it were, to the extent Suzuki did. While there are many things children ought to be free to explore, that is the purpose of playtime. There are numerous other things cihldren must learn systematically in their youth to be successful, functional, contributing adults in our society. So learning self-discipline & wise submission is essential, too, which is what “formal” schooling is about. This can take place at home or in a school; it’s the formation of self-discipline & wise submission that matters.

Rebecca said: Apr 23, 2006
 23 posts

This is a topic very dear to my heart, because it was through a Montessori school that I became a Suzuki student!!

I went to a Montessori kindergarten. Montessori philosophy tends to let kindergartners go to whatever in the room holds their interest, to explore and learn. I think the idea is that self-initiated learning can be very powerful. Well, there was a piano in our classroom, and guess what I gravitated towards?? I would sit and play for an hour or more, as a five-yr-old, and not knowing any pieces! There was a boy in my class who had a Suzuki teacher. He could play this magical piece called “Allegro,” that I instantly fell in love with and tried to copy. I got the right hand figured out by ear, but not the LH chords. I was so frustrated, and kept speding more and more time at the piano. At some point, you DO need to learn other things in kindergarten, so the teacher approached my parents about starting private lessons for me. Well, my mom found out who that little boy’s teacher was, and signed me up for Suzuki lessons, and the rest is history. However I was disappointed that Allegro was at the end of the book, and I had to start with Twinkles… These days Allgro remains one of my favorites to teach.


“Life without music would be a mistake.” -Nietsche

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