American Suzuki Journal 50.1

Published November 2021

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American Suzuki Journal 50.1

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Features

How Theodora Duttons ChristmasDay Secrets Were Kept by Shizuko Suzuki

How Theodora Dutton’s Christmas-Day Secrets Were Kept by Shizuko Suzuki

It amazes me that there is only one woman composer represented in the entire Suzuki piano repertoire—Theodora Dutton, who wrote Christmas-Day Secrets from Suzuki Piano Book One. When I point it out to my students, they want to know more.… Read more ▶

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Meet the Board of Directors An interview with ChingYi Lin

The Suzuki Association of the Americas is proud to welcome Ching-Yi Lin to the Board of Directors. Ching-Yi’s term on the board began on August 1, 2021. In addition to her responsibilities as a board member, Ching-Yi is an associate… Read more ▶

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Columns

Making a Difference

Guest columnist Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin is an Honorary Member of the SAA board, retired Suzuki violin teacher, teacher trainer, board member, author of They’re Rarely Too Young and Never Too Old to ‘Twinkle,’ and principal at Transformative Leadership Consulting.  One… Read more ▶


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Teaching & Learning

Making Suzuki Work in a Dual Household Family

Making Suzuki Work in a Dual Household Family

A recent interaction with a new family that came into my studio took me by surprise. In our first lesson, the mom said, “I spent all night googling how to make Suzuki work in a split household family—and I found… Read more ▶

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Learning from Every Corner of the Suzuki Triangle

Learning from Every Corner of the Suzuki Triangle

I have performed each role of the Suzuki Triangle in my musical journey. In a well-functioning Suzuki Triangle, teacher, parent, and student work together to nurture musical development during lessons, home practices, and by creating a positive musical environment. Reflecting… Read more ▶

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Bench to Baroque

As I gazed across the piano toward my young violin student, I mused how lucky I was to enjoy playing the piano well enough to accompany and follow every random impulse they may have, whether musical or a result of… Read more ▶

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Neurodiversity and Learning Challenges Toward including all students

Neurodiversity and Learning Challenges: Toward including all students

Sometimes, a student struggling to learn an instrument can be a signal of a learning difference. As a teacher, it is my job to ask myself what I can do to help this child learn. I have at times felt… Read more ▶

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Setting Habits for Success How being a Suzuki student can transform your childs brain

Setting Habits for Success: How being a Suzuki student can transform your child’s brain

In The Power of Habit, journalist Charles Duhigg explains how our brains can be transformed by the repetition of some activities and how we can work to perform tasks with more effectiveness and less effort. Likewise, the Suzuki daily practice… Read more ▶

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Beyond Book One A Culturally Relevant Approach for Beginning String Repertoire

Beyond Book One: A Culturally Relevant Approach for Beginning String Repertoire

For two years, I taught Suzuki-style group violin for third graders in a gymnasium within a public elementary school in New York City. Every day before class, I would set up our learning space with carpet squares and name mats.… Read more ▶

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Mindfulness for Musicians Bringing sport psychology and mindfulnessbased therapies to the Suzuki studio group class and orchestra room

Mindfulness for Musicians: Bringing sport psychology and mindfulness-based therapies to the Suzuki studio, group class, and orchestra room

With time-consuming demands and frequent evaluations, many student musicians experience debilitating music performance anxiety, hypercritical thoughts, and avoidance of performance situations (Fehm and Schmidt 2004, 98-109). Music teachers can help students cope with these experiences through mindfulness training. Mindfulness is… Read more ▶

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Relieving the Tension of TryHarder Thinking

Relieving the Tension of Try-Harder Thinking

Have you ever seen a student increase their mental or physical tension to play the right notes, use the right amount of bow, or shift to the right place? I certainly have. In fact, it seems that a growing number… Read more ▶

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Viewpoints

Accessibility and Inclusivity of Black Youth in Classical Music A student perspective

Accessibility and Inclusivity of Black Youth in Classical Music: A student perspective

Music education has the potential to be a beautiful asset to all of our lives, yet it continues to be a privilege so few are exposed to. We started our violin and piano studies at the age of four and… Read more ▶

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Music That Moves

Music That Moves

I have loved my violin ever since I was five. I loved learning exactly where to place my fingers. When it made the beautiful sound I expected, the satisfaction was exquisite! I got into the violin mainly from my friend.… Read more ▶

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Combatting Racism With Music

Combatting Racism With Music

The Suzuki method can help us learn so much more than music. Making art can help counteract systemic injustices in our communities. I’m from the Antilles, a group of islands between the Americas that were colonized by France. The history… Read more ▶

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Combattre le racisme avec la musique

Combattre le racisme avec la musique

La méthode Suzuki peut nous aider à apprendre bien plus que la musique. Faire de l’art peut aider à contrer les injustices systémiques dans nos communautés. Je viens des Antilles, un groupe d’îles entre les Amériques qui ont été colonisées… Read more ▶


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