The following is a list of links that I found helpful for our work as a Suzuki family, learning about music and child development in general.
Getting started with Suzuki music
There’s no better way for kids to learn music than with Suzuki talent education. How to start? Do these things:
- Read this article about Suzuki talent education.
- Understand from the beginning that the method involves intense parent participation. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it. You will grow closer as a family. Your child will learn skills that they won’t learn in any other way. So will you.
- Understand from the beginning that listening is key. You and your child must listen to the music every day.
- Read these books: Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki and Beyond the Music Lesson by Christine Wilson Goodner. Seriously, do it before you do anything else.
- If you live in the Americas, you can use the directory at the Suzuki Association of the Americas to find a Suzuki teacher.
- Get support - there are several Facebook groups that support the Suzuki parent community. Looks for “Suzuki Method Parents Discussion Group” and “The Suzuki Triangle Community”
- Get ready for the journey of a lifetime!
- Ways of speaking positively with children in practice - 100 different ways of saying good job. (You can also see the original from which this is derived.)
- The Practice Shoppe - online store with all sorts of items for Suzuki families and teachers, dice, counters, bookmarks, gifts, etc. They have very efficient shipping to Canada also.
- Suzuki Violin Pieces in their Original Forms - a great resource for researching the Suzuki violin repertoire and its origins.
- Theory things - a massive resource of theory-related items from Dr. William Wieland at Northern State University. Highly recommended.
- Young Artists Pre-College Academy (YAPCA) - a college preparatory music academy in London, ON.
- Forest City Talent Education - Music school in London, ON. Our musical home-base in southern Ontario. An amazing program.
- Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario - the music faculty of Western.
- Suzuki Association of the Amercas - this is the main credentialing and organizational body for Suzuki teaching in North, Central, and South America.
- Suzuki Association of Massachusetts - State group for Massachusetts
- Suzuki Association of Minnesota - State group for Minnesota
- Southeastern Minnesota Suzuki Association - Local Suzuki Association for our region of Minnesota
- Suzuki String School of Guelph - Suzuki String School of Guelph, ON
- Suzuki Association of Ontario - the provincial Suzuki association for Ontario.
- Royal Conservatory of Canada - pre-eminent Canadian conservatory of Music
- Suzuki Talent Education of Waterloo - Suzuki school in Waterloo, ON
- Etobicoke Suzuki Music - Suzuki school in Western suburbs of Toronto, ON
- Teach Suzuki - A great blog by Suzuki violin teacher Paula Bird.
- Suzuki Triangle - Another very insightful blog by Suzuki violin teacher Christine Goodner.
- The Plucky Violin Teacher - an in-depth prolific blog geared toward fellow Suzuki violin teachers.
- Music for Young Violinists - A very nice blog by Suzuki violin teacher Heather Figi from Eugene, Oregon. She also has some great music resources for young students. Twinkle variations, Perpetual motion variations, etc.
- Music in Practice - A blog by Sue Hunt. Not updated very frequently; but lots of resources to be found there.
- Solo to Symphony - a blog by Aber Suzuki Center parents. Not updated frequently any longer
- Bulletproof Musician - a great blog on achieving musical excellence through better practice by Dr. Noa Kageyama.
- Teach Suzuki Violin - This is a very active blog written by a Suzuki violin teacher.
- Get Banded - a band community sponsored by Jupiter music. Many articles are relevant to all young music students.
- Rethinking Genius - blog by Suzuki violin and viola instructor Danielle Gomez.
- The Musicians Way - some helpful content on practice and performance.
- The Well-Tempered Ear - classical music in and around Madison, WI and the world of classical music.
- Suzuki Skeptic - a skeptical look at the method and a musicological look at the Suzuki violin repertoire.
- Claire Allen, Violin - another prolific writer/violin teacher.
- The Ambassador - a newsletter publication of the Aber Suzuki Center at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
- Suzuki Fanfare - a publication of the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
- Suzuki Association of Ontario Newsletter - the quarterly publication of the SAO
- The Soundpost - a wonderful shop in Toronto with another location in Ottawa. Always enjoyable to visit.
- Violin Atelier Schmidt - fine luthier in London, ON.
- John R. Waddle Violins - luthier and dealer in St. Paul, MN
- House of Note - string instrument dealer in St. Louis Park, MN
- Claire Givens Violins - string instrument dealer in Minneapolis
- John F. Reed Violins - excellent builder and restorer of instruments in Red Wing, MN. John is also a former Suzuki violin teacher. Highly recommended.