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Dr. Shinichi Suzuki : teaching music from the heart
Collins, David R.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds, [2002]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
A biography of the Japanese violin teacher who developed the Suzuki Method, a way of teaching children how to play certain musical instruments at a very early age.
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ML3930.S988 C65 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Believing that everyone has talent if given the opportunity to develop it, Dr. Suzuki developed a new method of teaching children to play the violin and other musical instruments.

Author Notes

David R. Collins is the author of numerous books for young adults, including Washington Irving: Storyteller for a New Nation and Bix Beiderbecke: Jazz Age Genius

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-8. This vivid biography tells the story of the beloved, highly influential music teacher whose goal was "not to create great musicians, but to create great people." Collins clearly describes Suzuki's childhood as a popular but indifferent student; his burgeoning musical interest nurtured by his violin-maker father; studies in Germany, where he met Albert Einstein and other leading minds of the era; and his return to Japan, where he weathered WWII and founded his famous institutes. The language is engaging, detailed, and immediate, although it tilts toward melodrama in places, and a few passages might be too sophisticated for younger readers: "Zen Buddhism introduced Shinichi to the relationships between reason, memory, and experience." Despite that, Collins offers an affectionate portrait of an inspiring teacher, emphasizing Suzuki's compassionate, humanitarian philosophy and his belief that all young children have talent. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Collins quickly takes readers from Suzuki's birth in Japan in 1898 through his childhood and his education. He explains how his subject acquired the talent for the violin, and, in his later years, how he came to teach young children the famous method of playing not only the violin, but eventually other instruments as well. The book seems to be written by a bystander who perfunctorily researched the musician's life through articles and books and then wrote about him. Words and objects that are now out of date are not always explained or defined in context, and there is no glossary. The text in the first few chapters jumps around, and key descriptions of people and places are missing, and therefore left to readers' imaginations. Eventually, though, the writing becomes clearer, and Suzuki's story and descriptions of his work are told quite well. Children will find this book helpful for reports as well as for casual reading. Six pages of black-and-white photos are included. An additional purchase.-Julie E. Darnall, Chester County Library, Exton, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Mischief Makerp. 9
Chapter 2 Big Decisionsp. 16
Chapter 3 New Directionsp. 24
Chapter 4 Understanding Artp. 33
Chapter 5 Discoveryp. 39
Chapter 6 Sounds of Warp. 54
Chapter 7 Thoughts into Actionp. 63
Chapter 8 A Special Visitp. 70
Chapter 9 Final Notesp. 76
Timelinep. 90
Bibliographyp. 92
Websitesp. 93
Indexp. 94