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Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education Paperback – June 1, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0874875843 ISBN-10: 0874875846 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music; 2 edition (June 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874875846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874875843
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese

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Very inspiring and an easy enjoyable read!
L. Christensen
I highly recommend this book for (and his attitude) for parents (and teachers) whether their kids are taking violin lessons or not.
Sara Zaske
Dr. Suzuki has a mastery over how children respond to love and encouragement.
Ma Sadaajit Ananda

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Gene Zafrin on 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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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Carol C. VINE VOICE on June 30, 2001
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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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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1998
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ma Sadaajit Ananda on March 2, 2006
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This book revolutionized my life. I visited a Suzuki flute instructor and fell in love with this method. I saw how excited the children were about learning and how much joy they had. When I read the book I understood why. Dr. Suzuki has a mastery over how children respond to love and encouragement. Reading the stories in here about patience, love and encouragement changed the way I taught flute and also the way I approach life in general. I now try to emulate Dr. Suzuki's teachings in all my interactions. I would recommend this book to every music instructor, whether Suzuki or traditional, every teacher, every parent, and any person who works with or has contact with children. I bought this copy to give to a former student, to help him remember his roots as he begins his music career. I hope he will choose to emulate Dr. Suzuki's love and wisdom in his teaching.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1997
Format: Hardcover
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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