The Magic of Matsumoto: The Suzuki Method of Education

Are you interested in enrolling your child in Suzuki music lessons, but wish to learn more Book Coverabout this approach to music education? You can learn about the Suzuki Method in Dr. Carolyn M. Barrett’s book, “The Magic of Matsumoto: The Suzuki Method of Education”, available at the studio.

In the late 1980’s, Dr. Barrett presented a final manuscript of her book to Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (the inventor of the Suzuki Method). Dr. Suzuki endorsed the book, stating:  “I believe that this book will deepen the understanding of the Suzuki philosophy and movement and will be of help to parents and the worldwide movement for all children’s happiness.”

“The Magic of Matsumoto: The Suzuki Method of Education” details the life of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, serving as a chronicle of the man now recognized as a master musician and pioneer in music education. The book shares some of the psychology and spiritual elements at play in the approach of Suzuki music lessons.

The book even includes a chapter detailing the use of this approach into disciplines besides music. Reader Liz Devany says, “There was more information on what works for behavior and teaching than we had imagined. Our son was having problems in school and we applied Suzuki’s positive rewards system. In less than a week my son’s teacher phoned me to tell me she saw a difference in his attention and willingness to learn.”

The following is a commentary on the book by Dr. Barrett:

“Overall, the book helps elucidate a very important element in Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy: his belief in the power of the life force in each individual.  It is this supremely adaptable force which makes it possible for each child to master their mother tongue so beautifully.  That accomplishment was just what inspired Dr. Suzuki to begin teaching very young children, and to insist that all children could learn to play a musical instrument to a very high level of achievement.  This is why he called his method “The Mother Tongue Method.”  I see this as almost a spark of the divine in each individual.  It is that divine spark which is nurtured and honored as the child progresses.  As they begin to become accomplished players, the ability of the child is developed and enhanced.  This is a wonderful way to develop self-esteem in the learner.  It also shows the incredible potential of each human being for achievement in any area, which is precisely what Dr. Suzuki was trying to present.”

At Barrett Suzuki Music Studio, both children and parents get the support they need to develop their musical skills. To join the numerous parents and students learning music from Dr. Barrett and Suzuki music lessons, contact us today.