There are lots of people out there who want to change the world, but very few who actually do anything about it. Violin instructor and musical pedagogue Dr. Shinichi Suzuki was one of the few. In the years following World War II, he decided that he wanted to use music to help make the world a better place. He believed that all children have the potential for musical excellence if they are taught well by loving parents and teachers. He hoped that these children might someday create a world where everyone can make beautiful music and live in harmony together.
I’ve spent my entire life watching Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy bring families together through music. When I was four years old, my mom and I saw Suzuki students playing the violin on TV. She asked me if I’d like to learn how to play the violin, and I said yes. After many years of lessons, I decided that I wanted to become a professional musician. I went on to get my bachelor and master degrees in music, and I played in a professional opera orchestra. After graduating, I returned home and enrolled in Suzuki teacher training courses with my childhood Suzuki instructor. Now, I work as a full-time violin teacher. Many of the parents who bring their children to me also grew up in the Suzuki method.
Prospective Suzuki instructors must undergo extensive pedagogical training. But our learning process doesn’t stop there. Even after we’ve completed our training we attend conferences and take courses which help us to hone our skills.
I’m a proud member of Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). This coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others shares the common goal of making music education available to all children. The SAA provides teacher scholarships, program support, course development, quarterly journals programs and services to members throughout North and South America.
Please click here to watch the “Power of Community” video and consider making a five dollar donation to the SAA so that future teachers may have access to high-quality pedagogical education. If you like the video, please share it with your friends. With your help, we can continue to pursue Dr. Suzuki’s dream of making the world a better place through music.