Need Help Finding Suzuki Quotation

Lauren said: Apr 26, 2006
 5 posts

This is probably a long shot, but here goes…

We are remodeling our Suzuki school, and for decor we will be painting some of Dr. Suzuki’s quotes on the walls. While there are many to choose from, I seem to recall once reading a comment he made about teaching that I’d like to use.

I think he was telling a story about when someone referred to him as a master teacher, and he responded that he was still learning to be a teacher and wouldn’t finish until he was 100. Or something like that.

Anyway, if this story rings a bell to anyone and you know where I can find the reference, I’d really appreciate it.


Candace said: May 3, 2006
 6 posts

Craig Timmerman tells a story like this in his book ‘Journey Down The Kreisler Highway’. See page 49 of this wonderful book where he quotes Suzuki saying: “I will be a student until I am 90 years old; then I will be a teacher.”

Lauren said: May 4, 2006
 5 posts

Thank you! I will look it up.

Cynthia Faisst said: Jun 11, 2006
Cynthia FaisstViolin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Irvine, CA
126 posts

translate the word Sensei

Ms. Cynthia
Talent Education Center: Suzuki Violin
Director of Santa Ana Suzuki Strings located at the
Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center
Volunteer, bring music to under-served communities around the world. Create Sound Investments and Futures.

Charles Krigbaum said: Jun 13, 2006
Charles KrigbaumTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Allen, TX
71 posts

Here are some of my favorites that I often post in my studio. All page numbers are references to the second edition of Nurtured by Love.

Talent is no accident of birth. (p. ix)

Talent is not inherited or inborn, but learned and trained. (p. 20)

Man is the product of his environment. (p. 37)

Ten year’s effort can change inferiority into superior talent. (p. 40)

Stop lamenting lack of talent and develop talent instead. (p. 42)

Ease comes with training. (p. 42)

Do not hurry. This is a fundamental rule. (p. 46)

Any skill can be acquired by constant repetition. (p. 89)

Depending on these two things-practice, and practice of the right things-superior ability can be produced in anyone. (p. 98)

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