For experienced teachers changing from traditional to Suzuki


Connie Sunday said: Oct 28, 2009
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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This inquiry is directed really at teachers who had some experience teaching with traditional methods, and who then studied Suzuki formally and then changed to Suzuki. I am curious to know what your feelings and experiences were? Some of the questions might be (but are not limited to), perhaps (in no particular order of importance):

  1. This is probably self-evident, since if you changed to Suzuki, you must have felt it was much better, but in what ways did you feel that changing to Suzuki methodology and principles was superior to your past, more traditional practices?

  2. In taking the training, did you feel a lot of internal resistance, or cognitive dissonance, or what other feelings?

  3. Did you find your pedagogical thinking much changed, or only a little changed, and in what ways?

  4. When you began teaching after your initial training, did you change everything or most things right away, or gradually?

  5. Did you find other teachers, teacher-trainers, and other colleagues sympathetic to your questions and concerns?

  6. Did you feel that your students benefited right away, and in what ways? Were there difficulties in your studio, in making this change?

  7. Did you have any significant “aha” moments during your initial training; what were the best and worst moments?

  8. Were there any particular training points which you found difficult to put into practice?

  9. Despite the expense of training, did the work provide enough professional satisfaction and ultimately, was income producing, to make it worthwhile?

    1. Do you feel that there is any truth in the following statement: Unfortunately, there may be a small percentage of teachers who take just the initial training, in order to get the Suzuki training on their resumes, but who may or may not implement the whole of the Suzuki philosophy/methodology in their teaching.

    2. As a Suzuki teacher, are you proud of the training? What, in your view, are the most striking criticisms of this Method? How do you deal with negative input from others?

    3. If you’ve now taught Suzuki for some time (say, over a year), what are your experiences now? What would you do differently? What further training do you intend to take?

I can think of a lot more questions, but I’ll stick with these 12. I know that these may be difficult questions, but let me assure you that they are asked in a spirit of great respect, and not lightly. I’m about to retire and probably spend the rest of my life, studying this Method, so I’m asking in a spirit of reverence, not destructiveness of any sort.


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