A Brief History On Two Types Of Music Education

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Within this essay, you shall find a brief history on two types of Music Education, the Suzuki Method; as well as the Dalcroze Method, as well as a breakdown of these methods. Apart from this, you will also find a slight discussion on how I might incorporate these methods, if any, into my own teachings. Suzuki Method The Suzuki Method was created and developed by Violin prodigy, Shinichi Suzuki, after being asked by a colleague if he was able to teach his son. Intrigued, he set out the find out different ways to teach children, as well as the way in which they may learned. He observed that young children could learn the German language with ease, yet, as an adult, he was unable to fully master the language; He also found this with his own native language of Japanese, which is quite an intricate language. After much discussion with fellow colleagues, he concluded that young children can and will learn their mothers ‘native tongue’ through imitation, repetition and listening; that, with some thought, he could hopefully apply this to music. Suzuki began to teach with the mentality of “Character First, Ability Second’ – which meant that he, and the people around them, embraced the whole child. To not only nurture their ability and love for music but to create a fine character within the child; that music isn’t just about mastering your chosen instrument. He called this way of thinking “Talent Education” The fundamental techniques that you see today are very much the same
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