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In my experience….

When I listen to classical music, even for just 3 to 5 minutes a day, then violin practice becomes more fun and exciting!  It even gets easier to practice and it becomes something that I look forward to doing every day!  When I stop listening to classical music, even for a day or two, I just don’t want to practice.  I do it anyway, but it becomes dull and boring.  Then, if I hear even a minute or two for even one day, suddenly I have that spark again.  The desire to practice grows!  And then I WANT to hear better recordings!  And I want to study them! And so it goes.  It’s the strangest thing.  Ebb and Flow.  And let me hear it LIVE and I’m good to go for weeks!  Anyone?



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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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Ideas from Cleo Brimhall – tension is the enemy of tone.

“Tension is the enemy of tone” ~ Cleo

In Three Areas –

These areas are :

1) Tension in the world – World Association of Suzuki Method (ISA and affiliates on down)  Tension between governments…

2) Tension in the Family Units (Grandparents, Parents, Children – teacher,  student, in the Educational Unit the teaching…  classroom or family whichever – tension between people in that original triangle Student, Teacher, Parent.)

3)  Tension in the body is the enemy of music-  Legs, torso, shoulders, little toe, tongue, arms, fingers, heart, spirit, mind etc.

From a conversation whit Cleo while on vacation.

P.S. Pablo Casals~ “Monotony is the enemy of music”

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Book 1 Practice Video Suzuki with CD (Matsumoto Tempo)

I am so amazed and honored!  SAA Published my article “Panda” in the Suzuki Journal!  Quite exciting!!!  Also a bit embarrassing as they published the old unedited version which is much longer that the one that appears here… (see Spring 2008 ASJ)  If anyone out there has corrections for my section involving anatomy and physiology of hands and arms, please enlighten me!!!  I was studying and learning about “why” Dr. Suzuki’s idea’s about tone production work so well and trying to explain it in the best way possible at the time…

On another side note, I have managed to reconnect with some of my MOST FAVORITE people from Japan (fellow classmates from the 1980’s) on facebook!  It is also a wonderful way to see what former students are doing at university etc.  and keep in touch with them. Also other symphony members just goofing off online and having fun!   I don’t mean to endorse a specific social networking program, however… so far this one has been great.

Practice Video with Japanese CD for Book 1 and a Bit of Book 2:

Thank so much!!

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Dr. Suzuki Teaching

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25 hours of Videos of Dr. Suzuki from 1976


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One laptop per child

The concept of the $100 computer (laptop) been around since Douglas Coupland and Ray Kurzweil. That fiction is of course now a reality.

Nicholas Negroponte founder of the One laptop per child in classrooms has now accused Intel of selling its own discount laptop below cost to drive him out of markets.

Speaking to the BBC News website earlier this year Professor Negroponte said: “The concept has received a lot of criticism and yet after that criticism they are either copying it or doing things perfectly in line with the concept.

There is a lot of controversy about the whole 1:1 laptops for students. Steven D. Krause asserts that “Schools simply haven’t provided the necessary training or motivation for teachers to make good use of the technology.”

Paul Ruchira at the accidental blogger has an exhaustive article about the whole issue.

And at the OLPC News site you can watch last night’s 60 Minutes broadcast entitled One Laptop per Child which I missed due to attending the WIAOC 2007 Conference online. (awesome!)

I believe with more training for teachers on ways to utilize the laptops with the students they will increase learning by leaps and bounds! I know using the computer helps my students! What do you think?

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