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Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education [Paperback]

Shinichi Suzuki , Waltraud Suzuki
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Book Description

June 1, 1993 0874875846 978-0874875843 2
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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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese

Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music; 2 edition (June 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874875846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874875843
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational January 20, 2003
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This book by Shinichi Suzuki is part-description of the principles of his Talent Education method, part-snapshots of personal history, part-statements on his philosophy of life. It is written with great optimism and love for humane development of children into noble people. Based on his observation that all children speak their mother tongue fluently (and are thus highly capable to be educated in many disciplines) and on his belief that talent is not inherited but learned, Suzuki's method concentrates on creating the best environment for child development. His famous violin teaching method incorporates parent involvement, listening to the same piece many times and extensive practice, among others. Importance of memory training and good mentors (Einstein was one of Suzuki's) is stressed. Many real-life stories illustrate his points.
By way of criticism, while themes of compassion and developing a noble character recur throughout the book, it takes some effort to piece it all together. The book reads like a series of short improvisations on the themes of love and rearing of children. The parts of personal history, for example, with the description of illness, war and Suzuki's father's starting violin manufacturing business, while interesting, do not blend with the rest of the book. A chapter entitled "If you think of something do it" has nothing to do with its title (there is a chapter that talks about people of action in his other book, "Ability development from age zero", which repeats many of the stories verbatim). Some bits of Suzuki's take on life's truths, such as "an unfair advantage leads to evil" sound out of place.
In spite of some shortcomings, I would recommend this book. Not as a practical guide, but as an inspirational material for parents.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprising book about life & nurturing talent June 30, 2001
I thought this would be a book about the Suzuki method of converting toddlers into musicians -- revealing some of the secrets about what makes the Suzuki method unique & what makes it effective. It was that, but much more. What I knew as the "Suzuki method," Shinichi Suzuki calls "Talent Education," based on the underlying philosophy that all children can be well-educated and all talent can be nurtured. Suzuki believes that talent is developed, not inherited; he believes in nurturing the talent in each child, in creating a culturally-supportive environment and coupling it with training to develop mediocrity into excellence. Suzuki exlains how & why he developed "Talent Education," drawing on his own experiences as a musician and during WWII. His text is filled with anecdotes about students, many of whom became quite successful as musicians, many of whom teach at conservatories around the world.
Suzuki's "method" includes focus not only on music, but also on character development -- on awareness, joy, integrity, courage. He believes that "However little talent on thinks he/she has, one should at least try". This book is easy to read, filled with stories & philosophy and bolstered by photographs here & there, inspiring joy in the reader.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - enlightening August 29, 1999
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I am new to Suzuki Violin and when my instructor assigned this book I thought I was going to read a book about music, but instead a read a book about how to live a beautiful life! What a great gift Suzuki was to the world -- I wish everyone could read his books -- it truly would be a better world as a result!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful book! October 31, 1998
By A Customer
As a child who grew up in the Suzuki Method of music education, and just in music education in general, (both of my parents are {were} music teachers.) this book was wonderfully enlighteing to read. It made me appreciate so much how fortunate I was to have been brought up in the wonderful world of music and Suzuki. But the book goes far beyond just being a book about music education; it applies to all of life. It really is a must-read for anyone with children, and especially those planning on having children. It is a very easy read; and will change your life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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It's hard to imagine a relatively unknown, mild mannered, modest man, Shinichi Suzuki, could have such an impact. The book appearance is unimpressive and the copy not quite up to normal literary standards (roughly translated from Japanese), however, this all the more speaks to it's profound underlying message that somehow touched the untouchable core of my conscience. Not since my first exposure to classics such as "Utopia" or "Sidhartha" do I recall written word having this affect on me. I want more. I intend to read everything I can find that this man has written. This book shows how a simple man combines the love of children and love of art to formulate a philosophy to grow "beautiful people with high integrity regardless of their so-called innate abilities." A must read for any parent interested in the Suzuki Method of music intstruction or any parent interested in getting back to the fundamentals of instilling good character into their children. I'm content in knowing that my four children will be raised under the influence of the principles imparted by Dr. Suzuki in this book. And I am confident that this influence will continue for generations to come long after he and I are gone
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for Parents
This is an amazing book for parents and teachers to read. It is very motivating and refreshing to read a book with fresh family values. Read more
Published 2 months ago by 10apples
5.0 out of 5 stars Definite read
Lot of basic nurturing but unique perspective by Suzuki from perspective of teaching Violin. Still has lot of nuggets about regular child development.
Published 3 months ago by K. Mehta
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice but it's a biography
It's a nice book. But I thought I was going to find more information regarding the values and the phylosofy under this educational model. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Became a Suzuki piano teacher after reading this
Great vision, and one he held onto throughout the years, in spite of living in Japan during and after the war. Great method developed from his teachings --I'm sold on it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with wonderful message
It is simply very inspiring to read the words of a man who was so ahead of his time in regard to children's education. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anna Lea Stefansdottir
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this to anyone
Even if you don't teach music, read this book. It is great. I read this before taking my Suzuki training and it really opened my eyes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Skylar A. Ruloff
5.0 out of 5 stars Important readings for all who are educating children
A touching story of a personal oddesy by a pioneer in child education. Required reading for anyone educating children. A personal account.
Published 10 months ago by HeH4contrabass
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this even if you aren't a suzuki teacher
This isn't about Suzuki's pedagogy, it's about his philosophical principles, and his ideas about music education making people into better human beings ring true. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ariane E Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars SHINICHI SUZUKI
I had heard so much about the Suzuki Method for learning music that I wanted to learn more about the man who started it all. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MMADU ONYEUWA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
One of the best books I've ever read - not just as a piano teacher, but it was helpful for parenting too.
Published 13 months ago by Kay
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