Have you ever felt transported to a different place when you were listening to someone tell a story? Have you lost track of time in the car while listening to a radio piece? Do you like hearing about the trials and triumphs of your Suzuki colleagues?

Building Noble Hearts is a podcast exploring the learning environments in which children, parents, and teachers not only gain new knowledge, but are encouraged to become fine individuals—just as Dr. Suzuki saw that by teaching children to play music in the same way that a baby is lovingly taught to speak, he could not only create excellent musicians but also build noble hearts.

Based on commentary, recordings, and interviews with members of this Suzuki teaching community, we will examine themes of good teaching everywhere.

Why a Podcast? Besides the fact that these audio shows are one of the fastest growing segments of media on the internet, there is a special connection made between speaker and listener through audio. Communications professor Emma Rodero from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, who has studied podcasts and how they capture people’s attention, says, “Audio is one of the most intimate forms of media because you are constantly building your own images of the story in your mind and you’re creating your own production.”

From the Peabody award winning podcast Radiolab, host Jad Abumrad describes why this medium can be so powerful: “In a sense, I’m painting something but I’m not holding the paintbrush. You are. So it’s this deep act of co-authorship, and in that is some potential for empathy.”[1]

In this music community we are very aware of the impact of sound, and focus a great deal of attention on what sounds we are producing. Creating an audio podcast for our auditorily focused demographic is a way to connect our community while simultaneously touching an audience beyond our traditional reach.

Tune in to hear interviews with teachers, board members, and parents (and eventually students!) as they answer questions such as, “What is Suzuki teaching to you?” “What is your story of how you became a musician?” and “If you could go anywhere in the world and share a musical experience with people there, where would you go and what would you do?”

How can you access Building Noble Hearts? On your computer, tablet, or phone, download an app that gives you access to the plethora of podcasts available: iTunes is the most popular for Apple devices and Stitcher for Android. After you download the app, search by title or subject. When you find the Building Noble Hearts podcast, click to subscribe, and each episode will automatically be downloaded to your device as they are released every two weeks. You can erase or re-download episodes as you wish.

Episodes will also be available on the homepage of our website, with a transcript of the show, links to any music you heard, and a correlating discussion in the Suzuki Forum.

Join us in Building Noble Hearts!

[1]. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/ten_years_in_your_ears/2014/12/what_makes_podcasts_so_addictive_and_pleasurable.html