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-What I think about Suzuki Method-

      June topic:  Graduation Recording

      What is Suzuki Graduation system?  Is it an exam? Assessment?  Goal?

  • Dr Suzuki was always telling us 'now we can start work on the piece to make it magnificent.' once the student learned the piece.  
  • When we push our children into making the recording by the due date, we may crash the seed of potential too early.

  • You record what you reached to play, not what you work towards in order to attain the certificate
  • Therefore you can't pass nor fail the Graduation recording. Every graduate has not passed the level, but should have surpassed the level
  • It is important to make the piece magnificent and splendid. 

  •  If your teacher doesn't suggest you to record to graduate, this means your child is at the important stage of developing abilities by going deeper, not faster. Ignoring this may cost your child's future ability development. As a parent, enjoy every bit of digging deeper.  
  • Dr Suzuki used to listen to each recording and commented on each one. He respected the students' effort, and so is your teacher today.

  •  When your teacher tells you to record, your child has reached the milestone.  
  •  Therefore, Graduation recording is an act of celebration to mark a milestone.
  • Because it's a milestone, you attempt your best for the recording, not because you won't pass otherwise!  
  • I tell you this again - Dr Suzuki was always telling us 'now we can start work on the piece to make it magnificent.' once the student learned the piece. -- This is the secret of ability growth Dr Suzuki discovered.

Recommended Reading

Suzuki, the man and his philosophy. Herman, E. (1981). Athens, Ohio: Ability Development Associates. Link

Everything Depends on How We Raise Them. Tanaka, Shigeki (2003) Educating Young Children by Suzuki Method

 In search of the Japanese spirit in Talent Education. Bauman, S. (1994). Seacaucus, New Jersey: Summy Birchard.

 Shinichi Suzuki: Man of Love. Honda Masaki. (1984). Princeton, NJ: Birch Tree Group.

Talent education of Shinichi Suzuki 
– An analysis.WIP Landers, R. (1995). Princeton, NJ: Daniel Press.

Man and Talent: Search into the unknown. Suzuki, S. (1986). Ann Arbor, Michigan: Shar Products Co.

Between Parent & Teacher. Kempter, S. (1991), Shar Pub.

Parents' Guide to Suzuki Method. Thornton, A. (1983), Omnibus Press

Sensibility in Education. Kataoka, H. (1993), Piano Basics Inc.


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