Sunday, February 06, 2011

Passing of violin teacher John Kendall recalls Suzuki method; watch short film "The Animated Life of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki"

This short animated film (10 min) by “Turtlespameater” (that is, Kyle Bell), “The Animated Life of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki” (funds: “none”) on YouTube sums up the history of Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki and his method of teaching very young pupils violin, where music becomes a basic skill as fundamental as speech.

Suzuki, who died at 99 in 1998, had established his violin teaching method by the late 1950s. The story comes up in an extended obituary by Matt Schudel in the Washington Post Metro Section, p. C6, Sunday Feb. 6, 2011, of violin teacher John Kendall, who died in Michigan recently at age 93, article here. He taught at Oberlin College and then Muskingum University, both in Ohio, and used Suzuki’s method.

First picture: "stringed instruments" at the Smithsonian, Washington DC

Second picture: at Oberlin College, Oct. 2010 (personal trip), the famous "hiking trail" park on Route 58, across from the Oberlin Inn. 

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