Saino-Kyoiku Tone

This morning I was searching on line to find an article about “Saino-Kyoiku Tone” by Clifford Cook.

Instead, I  stumbled upon my friend Eric Madsen’s Thesis! Eric attended Dr. Suzuki’s school during my years there and he was an excellent student!

This reading is very spiritual and VERY enlightening for all who seek a spiritual path.

Especially starting on page 112, parents, students and teachers will find some very clear explanations for the ways of Suzuki method!!  However, if you have time, the entire thesis is absolutely priceless!
Well done Eric! ありがとう ね ^-^ ! Here is the link!  Enjoy!

The genesis of Suzuki an investigation of the roots of talent education

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Listening !

pink CD playerObviously students need to listen to their Suzuki Music more than twice as long as their practice time in order for the model in their minds and hearts to be stronger than the “model” of their own playing.

These days, I have become very concerned about the QUALITY of the sound which projects our student’s Suzuki recordings.

o-IPHONE-6-facebook   I have discovered that most of my students are listening to MP3’s ripped from their purchased CD’s. Many of them listen to their iPhones (or the equivalent) in their homes or wherever they are during the day and in the evenings.

Unfortunately,  iPhones have tiny and very inadequate speakers! Recently I have been asking all of my students to bring their listening devices to me during their lessons so that I can ascertain the quality of the sound they are hearing.  In each case, students who have been listening primarily on inferior equipment have poor tone and difficulty learning new pieces! Their parents tell me that they themselves simply cannot hear the difference but the students absolutely can!

I think that inferior listening equipment is connected to students not wanting to listen!

We go to such lengths to make certain that the student’s violins can produce a good sound. In order to catch the tone and musical sensitivity of the masters playing on the recordings, I feel strongly that their listening equipment must also play clearly and beautifully! THEN perhaps they will want to listen to the recordings more often!!

I have been on rides with students in their cars and have been impressed with the quality of the sound from theSW-10722 beautiful speakers in the cars. For most students, their cars are also surprisingly quiet inside- almost hermetically sealed! This allows for quality listening over their car speakers and so I have no complaints about their listening in the car in most cases. However, car listening is never enough!

ipodListening with earbuds is good for “active” listening. Active listening involves activities such as watching the score for notes and dynamics, or ghost bowing in the air along with the music. For this type of listening earbuds are wonderful – especially when one is shared with a parent!

However, I believe that MOST of a student’s listening should be “passive” listening as a sort of background soundtrack for their life.20121217-bluetooth-speakers-134edit

Quiet and consistent listening in the background is key to the Suzuki Method Mother tongue approach! For this reason, passive listening with earbuds seems divisive and unnatural, cutting students away from their parents and families. I do not think that earbuds are the solution to proper listening.

Appropriate Suzuki listening equipment needs to be provided by the parent to ensure that the Suzuki music is heard in a beautiful way thought the home and play areas.  The Suzuki music should be quiet yet audible for everyone to hear together. Quality speakers can be purchased for very little money these days, especially compared to the cost of the violin, violin lessons and the progress that can be doubled by correct listening!

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Some “docking stations” for ipods, iphones etc. are equipped with proper speakers. I am still researching the best docking speakers to recommend.   I would love to hear your suggestions!

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Dr. Suzukis large stereo equipment in the background while he is helping my left knee remain relaxed and helping me stay rooted to the ground.

 

 

As I was growing up learning the Suzuki Method in the 60’s and 70’s, I had no choice but to listen to the large LP records. I listened on my father’s large record player. I remember putting my ear to the large speaker to carefully learn the shifts in the 2nd movement of Vivaldi A minor. In Japan, Dr. Suzuki showed me the proper way to listen. He turned on the large record player and allowed the record player to start itself.  He sat down in a comfortable chair with the room dimly lit and simply enjoyed the beautiful music while relaxing together with me.

In order for our students to understand the subtle musical nuances, phrasing, tone color, bowings and intonation of each piece prior to learning the piece, listening MUST occur with the best sound quality possible!

Please help your student’s parents to remedy this situation!

I believe that in this way listening will become more enjoyable for everyone and therefore occur more frequently!

 

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Matsumoto, home, sweet home

Matsumoto, home, sweet home.

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363 word report on Studies with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Dr. Suzuki loved chocolate.  When he opened my first gift to him, he looked up at me with the saddest eyes and asked, “Not chocolate?”

Every day after a 2 ½ hour morning group class, Dr. Suzuki would ask a few students to find the “most delicious cookies” for Cookie Time because he knew that that was what we enjoyed!    (http://suzanne1.wordpress.com/2005/10/27/cookie-time/ )

And he often mentioned this word; “service.”

Dr. Suzuki was quintessentially kind.  His method of kindness was much deeper than his consistent smiles or greetings.   His kindness stemmed from sensitive observation and thorough understanding of a person’s true, specific, long term needs and desires. He was selfless, ingenious and magical.

Dr. Suzuki gave to us in unusual, wise and unexpected ways.  His methods involved projects engaging several people.  These projects, seen as spontaneous were actually the result of weeks, months, years, and even decades of delicate, persistent planning and hard work.

His kindness to all of us encompassed everything!  You name it; he helped us with it, from taking us out to steak dinner to privately curing a student’s deepest wounds.

The only thing I know that engenders this form of true kindness is an absolute pure spirit of love.

Suzuki Sensei‘s greatest genius of love lay in his ability to put into “Perpetual Motion” a long sequence of seemingly unrelated events occupying several people (knowingly or not).    The results of these sequences would eventually create a deep, personal service causing a fantastic change for many different and specific people around the globe.

Are we not also the extension of Dr. Suzuki’s most passionate and cherished Perpetual Movement?   We are all here as a result of Suzuki Sensei’s profound connection with one person at a time.  As a community of parents and teachers and students, at the core of this very moment,  we are
continuing his legacy of kind and selfless love.

I believe with all my heart that today we are fulfilling Dr. Suzuki’s most cherished and fervent wish.

How clever and magical will we be?  How far will we extend his true spirit of service?  To what lengths will we shine?

The brightest eyes,

The widest smile,

The biggest Tone

Dr. Suzuki

Dr Suzuki during Group Class talking about tone 006

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Our Mentors

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from the Aber Suzuki Center in Steven's Point

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Matsumoto, home, sweet home

Matsumoto, home, sweet home.

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Our Mentors

from the Aber Suzuki Center in Steven's Point

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