John Kendall and William Starr

Angela said: Jan 29, 2009
 
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Violin
York Springs, PA
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I’m trying to find any information regarding either of these two men. I want to know how and when they helped bring the Talent Education to the U.S. Thanks for any input.

Angela Schlessman

Jennifer Visick said: Jan 30, 2009
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the “nurtured by love” video documentary has a little bit about this on it. You can order it from the SAA.

said: Feb 2, 2009
 24 posts

Here are some excerpts of a very interesting article with William Starr:

A day with William Starr

“I don’t like the Suzuki triangle,” he [William Starr] said, challenging one of those core Suzuki beliefs while still embracing it. “We Western teachers need to develop the creative abilities of our students and teach them to be their own teachers.”

Starr has both challenged and embraced the beloved Suzuki method since the 1960s, when his family went to Japan to study with Shinichi Suzuki. He was a close friend of Suzuki’s; he spoke at his Memorial Service in 1998. Starr and his wife, Constance, have eight children and all of them were raised playing instruments, learning with the Suzuki method. Starr currently teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

If you want to see the whole article please read here:
http://www.violinist.com/blog/laurie/20061/4366/

There were two other articles in the ASJ:

A Look at the Suzuki Scene—1974, Part 1
by William Starr
growth of method in US Suzuki Method
July 1974 · ASJ 2.2, page 1

A Look At the Suzuki Scene—1974, Part 2
by William Starr
growth of method in US Suzuki Method
October 1974 · ASJ 2.3, page 2

For more information see:
https://suzukiassociation.org/author/s/william-starr/

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John Kendall **of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville brought the Suzuki method, along with adaptations to better fit the requirements of the American classroom, to the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Her wrote a short book with a lot of information about his work and the development of the Suzuki Method:
**
Suzuki Violin Method in American Music Education **
(see Amazon)

Angela said: Feb 2, 2009
 
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Violin
York Springs, PA
33 posts

WOW Thanks so much! That is exactly what I was looking for! I look forward to reading through the information.

Angela Schlessman

said: Feb 8, 2009
 36 posts

“We Western teachers need to develop the creative abilities of our students and teach them to be their own teachers.”

Bravo Bravo. Way-to-go!!! William Starr!!! Can every single Suzuki teacher copy, print, and frame this quote and hang it on their wall for goodness sake!!! Please think about what this entails people. “THEIR OWN TEACHERS”

Angela said: Mar 26, 2009
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
York Springs, PA
33 posts

Here are some things I found out for my research. John Kendall, in 1955 was presented with a grant to travel to Japan to meet Dr. Suzuki and translate his ideas and teachings into a strong philosophy and pedagogy for violin teachers around the U.S. He spent 3 months observing Suzuki in 1959 and then came back to Japan again for further study in 1962.

William Starr and wife Constance in the 1960’s with his family went to Japan to study with Dr. Suzuki. Bill and his wife have written a lot of literature for teachers of the Talent Education.

It would be interesting to know where they are now. Not a whole lot has been written about them that I could find. I could be looking in the wrong spot. Thanks to all who contributed information to me.

Angela Schlessman

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