There are moments in history when a place, a time, a man and an idea converge to produce results of great significance. Such a moment occurred when Shinichi Suzuki began his experiments in violin teaching in Japan. The results have attracted widespread attention, and have a generated much speculation about the nature of musical learning and the way in which every human being develops in the early formative years. It is not that any particular segment of Suzuki’s ideas is new, but rather that the totality of his concepts, together with the results he has shown, throw a clear light on a question we all wish to explore – how do human beings become musical?
John Kendall (1917-2011)
The Suzuki Violin Method in American Music Education