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Memories of Dr Shinichi Suzuki

Son of His Environment

Memories of Dr Shinichi Suzuki by Lois Shepheard
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Suzuki may be a name renowned for automobiles, but this book introduces us to a very different Suzuki - the Suzuki who was a world leader in the teaching of music. Dr Shinichi Suzuki, creator of “The Suzuki Method”, is well remembered for his extraordinary warmth, care, and sense of humour. Part biography, part memoir, this important book recalls scenes from Suzuki's life, and many of the author's own experiences as his student in Japan. Both humorous and culturally informative, this book illustrates how Suzuki was influenced by Japanese history and his Zen beliefs, making him "the son of his environment". Above all, this book reminds us that Suzuki gave far more to the world than just a method of teaching. In the book Suzuki Violin School, Volume 1, Dr Suzuki gives an impassioned plea to parents: "Please raise your child to be a fine human being." Students, teachers, and lovers of music and history alike will enjoy this stroll through the life and teachings of the quick-witted Dr Suzuki, who turned the music education world upside down.
IP (Interactive Publications); January 2012
120 pages; ISBN 9781922120144
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Title: Memories of Dr Shinichi Suzuki
Author: Lois Shepheard
 
Marjorie was sitting in the kenkyusei orchestra when Dr Suzuki was trying to rehearse the necessary “Viennese lilt”. The piano player wasn’t managing it at all. Marjorie, also studying piano at the Kaikan, put her violin down and demonstrated for the girl. Dr Suzuki was very excited, relieved the poor Japanese girl of her post and made Marjorie her replacement. Marjorie was terribly embarrassed. Suzuki noticed her discomfiture and at the end of the session, went to his room, to return with a gift. It was a little alarm clock which played the Japanese national anthem as its alarm.