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Nurtured by Love
 
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Shinichi Suzuki
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This book is the cornerstone upon which to build any Suzuki-oriented library. In it the author presents the philosophy and principles of Suzuki's teaching methods. Through the examples from his own life and teaching, Suzuki establishes his case for early childhood education and the high potential of every human being, not just those seemingly gifted.
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Published June 1st 1983 by Exposition Pr of Florida (first published 1978)
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Tamsyn
I have to admit that I've had an unwarrented bias against the Suzuki method growing up because a lot of my music teachers have been unimpressed when they get transfer students from this method who can't read music. The method, especially at first, relies a lot on the ear. As I have been studying different approaches to teaching music to children, curiosity got the better of me and I have done some research and have been very impressed with what I've found. I think a lot of the reason students fa...more
Jill
This is not a mere manual for parents who are thinking or have enrolled their children in Suzuki music lessons. This is a beautiful book of possibilities.

Suzuki lays out his belief that all humans are born with the ability to become noble and good people, they simply need exposure to and education in noble and good things. His aim is not to create a bunch of professional musicians, but for children to be brought up to be "splendid in mind and heart also."

This book inspired me to work hard to i...more
Holly
This is a re-read for me. I'm trying to review my Suzuki library since I've started teaching my daughter. Since this book is translated from Japanese and is more like a collection of short essays on different subjects it reads a little choppy, but it is the first place to go to become familiar with Shinichi Suzuki and his music-teaching method. I disagree with Suzuki in that he believes that natural-born talent doesn't exist, but at the same time I embrace his idea that EVERY child can learn. I...more
Ana
The title fits it perfectly- it isn't just about learning violin or the Suzuki method. It is about Life, Parenting, being good human beings, learning, growing, encouraging one another... it even includes other important things like exercise, spending time outside, healthy eating, etc.
I loved that it read easily, felt genuine, gives hope and shows that we ALL have potential to unlock for ourselves and to help our children with their potential. Seemed like a good set of parents sharing what they'v...more
Brenda Cregor
I wept!
Shinichi Suzuki was a special soul.
This book made a better parent out of me.
Not only did Suzuki lay down his theory for
teaching music to young children, he coupled
this "science" with love. Certainly, these
are the most important experiences a parent could
ever share with their child, moments of pure
emotion coupled with the support of budding talent.
Sundy DeGooyer
Good book. Easy to read. I agreed with everything. But it is translated from Japanese so it's not a smooth read. I read the entire book in an hour at the airport. :-)
Michele Casper
This book was part biography, part philosophy, not only about music, but about what it means to be a "noble soul" and how music contributes to that goal. One of Suzuki's philosophies is that one should associate with great and noble people. He did that by choosing teachers carefully and by the books he read (Tolstoy) and the music he listened to (Mozart). He even formed a good friendship with Einstein.

I felt that by reading this book I, too, was associating with someone great. He talks about ha...more
Leslie
This book isn't what I expected, but turned out to be a personal gem for me. I'll admit I was disappointed at first with a very slow start. I thought I was going to be reading about the empirical research behind Suzuki's Talent Education method but was met only with anecdotal evidence and stream of consciousness as he reminisced about his childhood and wartime experiences in Japan. However, once I got to the part where he shares his experiences during the eight years he spent in Berlin, it all b...more
Candice
I've always been intrigued by the Suzuki method and was very impressed when one of the boys learned to play the violin with a Suzuki teacher. What I love about Dr. Suzuki is that he firmly believes that every child can learn to play or sing...and not just sort of play or sing. He believes that every child can learn to play or sing well. He believes in excellence. He is quite a philosopher as well and I underlined a lot of gems relating to raising children. Here is one:

"There is no result without...more
Cindi
There is so much good in this little book. When I got it from the library and saw the violins on the front, I wasn't sure if I'd read it since I wasn't specifically looking for information about musical "talent." I'm so glad I went ahead with it.

I had to order a copy of this so that I can transfer all the notes from my sticky notes into my own copy of the book. I had planned to type out some of the phenomenal quotes from the book, but there are just too many to choose from.

This book is about dev...more
Jocie
An essential for leadership education. The priniciples of Mastery education are not limited to violin training. It doesn't read as a how-to for talent education, but as a biography/philosophy. Mr. Suzuki was kind and insightful- and that is a serious understatement.

Currently listening to all of Andrew Pudewae's presentations that I can (affordably) get my hands on, and was able to get a more concise explanation of Mastery education.

From what I understand:
Four Pillars:
1) Start Early- the key to...more
Laura
I am so glad I read this book. I've always wanted to know more about the Suzuki method. I'd heard great things about it for years, but I've always thought that it was completely out of my range or abilities. With my limited experience and funds, I had always believed that achieving musical mastery by Suzuki method was not even a remote possibility. Now that I understand what it is all about, I wish I'd read this book years ago. It has many valuable gems in it. Suzuki's philosophy will transform...more
Kristy Powers
I posted a longer review of this book on my blog, An Apple for Mom. Here is part of it:

Have you heard of the Suzuki method of teaching music? The now-famous Shinichi Suzuki came up with this method, which he called Talent Education, after observing that five- and six-year-old children could easily learn their own and other languages, even difficult ones. With the spread of Suzuki’s method, more and more young children learned to play the violin.

Although Suzuki’s book, Nurtured by Love: A New Ap...more
Sandi
I can't pinpoint my reaction to this book. I both loved and hated it. Some statements I found profound while others were ludicrous. One reason I disagreed with Suzuki so frequently was because he sees things in a very black and white way. Talent is not inborn. AT ALL. Or rather, talent is inborn in everyone and it is only a matter of who was educated the correct way. I decided that even though I disagree, I should act as though I agree. Believing your ability has already been determined is just...more
Tanya W
A favorite quote from the book:
"A person with a fine and pure heart will find happiness. The only concern for parents should be to bring up their children as noble human beings. That is sufficient. If this is not their greatest hope, in the end the child may take a road contrary to their expectations. Your son plays the violin very well. We must try to make him splendid in mind and heart also."

Interesting look into the life of Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the Suzuki method of teaching. For me...more
Noël DeVries
Too much of the master's eastern philosophy for my stomach, but once he actually began talking about talent education, things warmed up.

"I was brought up in the violin factory, and, at times, when I had a fight with my brothers and sisters, we would hit one another with violins."

"The real essence of art turned out to be not something high up and far off. It was right inside my ordinary daily self. The very way one greets people and expresses oneself is art. If a musician wants to become a fine a...more
Emi
I was required to read this and also participate in a parent training class with our piano teacher before beginning Suzuki method lessons. I knew that any piano teacher that makes such a requirement is truly dedicated to her craft. I love Dr. Suzuki's ideas and live it with my children daily. Every week, at piano lessons it's another opportunity for me build on these methodologies with our piano teacher. She is wonderful and creates a wonderful balance of love and firmness for my kids. Yes I pla...more
Bob
A very inspiring book which I highly recommend, especially if you have young children. The opening section describes Suzuki's inspiration by the story of the child raised by wolves and this is a bit off if you look up the details of the account. But the rest of the book truly inspires. Suzuki describes his life in pre-war Germany, his search for a violin teacher and then his return to Japan followed by life during and after the war. One of the most surprising things to find is that Suzuki's meth...more
Chazzle
Nov 03, 2007 Chazzle rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: aspiring musical performers
The parts were better than the whole. Part autobiography, part advice, it's slightly disorganized. On the other hand, some passages were really interesting to me.

Although a bit self-promotional, Suzuki backs it up with evidence, e.g., an excerpt from a Newsweek article that gave glowing praise for the musicianship of his child students.

The advice offered to aspiring musicians seems both hopeful and realistic. In a nutshell, he makes the case that talent (any kind, but especially musical talent)...more
Jenny
Suzuki writes in absolutes, and his my-way-is-the-only-correct-way POV can rub the reader (this reader, anyway) the wrong way at times, but this little book contains wisdom and his method obviously works...again, I wish I'd studied an instrument from, say, age 3.

p. 34 However wonderful the other person may be, it depends on us alone - whether we have the capacity to absorb their greatness. One has to educate oneself from within to benefit from the greatness of others. Only if one can do this can...more
Jill
Dec 29, 2009 Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, moms, leaders
Recommended to Jill by: cornerstones colloquia
This is a fantastic book, very short - only costs a couple hours to read. I enjoyed several maxims from Suzuki himself as well as other great men that have touched his life that he includes in his story. The most prominent messages for me were how he changed the atmosphere in his home so that a child he was caring for would not be brought up with scolding because scolding would cause him to feel wronged, and he'd grow up that way. (I can't help it, I'm a mom, those kinds of things really pierce...more
Jesse
Oct 28, 2007 Jesse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all - especially soon-to-be-parents
This is one of those that everyone should read. I wish I could have met Sinichi Suzuki. He was the founder of the Talent Education School, which trains children in violin playing when they are very young. The Principles of Talent Education can be applied to any subject, which was one of his points. He taught violin to create better people, not world-class musicians, though many of his students turned out to be that. His system is modeled after how kids learn their native language. It recognized...more
Sylvia
This book was required reading for the Suzuki Violin program that my son is beginning next week. While the book sometimes seems to ramble on, repeating the same ideas over and over, it does do a good job of informing the reader about the theory behind the Talent Education approach, and the events that spurred its development. In fact, now that I write this, I'm realizing that the rambling, repetitive nature of the book actually defines the method itself. Perhaps its not by accident, after all.

It...more
Aimee
After being exposed to the Suzuki method recently, I stumbled across this book by the man who developed it. As a lover of music, I was hoping for more how-to rather than just anecdotes and philosophy in regards to teaching children music. I do agree very much with most of his beliefs that teaching through love and patience is critical and that we all have great potential within us that proper nurturing and hard work can develop. He meanders quite a bit through his life's experiences, but the rea...more
Brendan
Jun 12, 2008 Brendan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teachers, Musicains, Parents
This was a delightfully inspiring auto-biography of Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the world-renowned Suzuki Teaching Method. It was translated from Japanese to English by his German wife, and as a result has some expressions and phrases that are a bit perplexing.
Suzuki's teaching methods are explained, but also put into context as a manifestation of his life's experience. WWII, world travel, his father's violin factory, great illness, poverty, Japanese culture, and a unique perspective to hea...more
Natalie
Once again, a book club pick I would never have tried on my own! This book was filled with a lot of great ideas and interesting stories. I liked the portions that told Suzuki's life story the best. Sadly I had a hard time following his points a lot of the time. It seemed just rambling enough that I found myself loosing the point. I think I would probably understand a whole lot more if I read a book written by a writer writing about Suzuki's experience and educational theories. Over all this get'...more
lconnor
Of all my books, this very special book has been loaned out the most. I firmly believe that God blesses each person and these blessings come into play when raising a child. Sometimes a book can touch a person's heart, can influence, can help educate.
The Classic Approach to Talent Education is printed on the cover of the book. In my opinion the book is more about beauty and love. I've quoted Shinichi Suzuki many times over the years, most often: "If nations cooperate in raising good children, per...more
Rebekah
I was required to read this book for a summer class assignment. 'Nurtured by Love' is a rough outline of Dr. Suzuki's education and life philosophy intermingled with personal memories and stories of his experiences with students. It was enjoyable to read, despite the time crunch, and gave me a greater understanding of Dr. Suzuki's beliefs and personal history. He does place too much weight on a person's environment, claiming that a child can overcome any obstacle if he simply has enough support...more
Lily
I wish, I wish, I wish I had read this in grad school. This is so much better than the angry, accusatory education literature that was forced upon me there. Instead of taking other educational methods and systems to task for their failures, Dr. Suzuki presents a brilliant, sincere, and loving picture of what talent education could and should be. Dr. Suzuki believes that every child can be nurtured into a noble human being, a being filled with love and talent. I was biased towards his methods goi...more
Bekah
It discusses how learning an instrument at a young age is primarily for the development of character, for the growth of the individual, not to make a virtuoso musician. I appreciated his emphasis on creating a good people from the inside out by their love of beauty and goodness. If you are doing any sort of daily practicing with a young child, or recognize that you might be driven for the "wrong" reasons for your child to succeed in some pursuit, this book is a great priority check. Despite it b...more
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Shinichi Suzuki (鈴木 鎮一 Suzuki Shin'ichi?, 17 October 1898 – 26 January 1998) was the inventor of the international Suzuki method of music education and developed a philosophy for educating people of all ages and abilities. Considered an influential pedagogue in music education of children, he often spoke of the ability of all children to learn things well, especially in the right environment, and...more
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“To make a resolution and act accordingly is to live with hope. There may be difficulties and hardships, but not disappointment or despair if you follow the path steadily. Do not hurry. This is a fundamental rule. If you hurry and collapse or tumble down, nothing is achieved. DO not rest in your efforts; this is another fundamental rule. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward will surely get you there.” 16 likes
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