“Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.” – Suzuki
In 2020, Hanna completed her Unit 1 Teacher Training for the Suzuki method; a comprehensive, family-oriented teaching method used for teaching young children how to make music with the goal of a beautiful sound from the beginning.
In the Suzuki method, parents are expected to be the “home teacher” and will take on a very strategic role in the student’s learning. Parents learn how to hold each part of the instrument, to play beginner songs, how to take care of the instrument, how to lead a practice session, etc.
Suzuki Parents are responsible for enforcing a nurturing and effective learning environment by:
- Active Listening: providing a space for student and family to listen to the Suzuki tunes CD everyday (passive and active listening)
- Practice: guiding and assisting student practice everyday
- Attendance: actively participating in lessons and group classes regularly
- Notes: observing every lesson and taking notes
I believe in teaching my own version of the Suzuki-Vance method, which combines the expertly thought-out and nurturing principles of the Suzuki method with ever-evolving pedagogical concepts of Rabbath-influenced bass technique. My favorite teaching resources for this include the Suzuki books, the George Vance method books called Progressive Repertoire, and the Francois Rabbath Nouvelle Technique De La Contrebasse books for more advanced players.
Beginnings of Suzuki Lessons:
Parent lessons, find an instrument, collect other supplies.
Student lessons begin (15-minute beginner lessons recommended).
- Suzuki Book 1 CD – performed by Gary Karr
- George Vance Progressive Repertoire volume 1 CD – performed by Francois Rabbath
- Nurtured By Love (book) Shin’ichi Suzuki
- Nurtured By Love: The Classic Approach To Talent Education (book) Shin’ichi Suzuki
- Nurtured By Love (dvd) Shin’ichi Suzuki
- Every Child Can! philosophy
- For more: https://suzukiassociation.org/
“Perhaps it is music that will save the world”