Reading for Suzuki Parents
There is so much to learn as a Suzuki parent. Savvy Suzuki parents make the journey easier and more effective by continuously educating themselves about practice methods and the Suzuki Method. Here are some of the best resources I've found.
Works by Shin'ichi Suzuki
The two primers for every Suzuki parent are Shin'ichi Suzuki's Nurtured by Love and Ability Development from Age Zero. Read in Suzuki's own words (translated) the ideas that comprise his educational philosophy.
Books and Blog by Christine Goodner
Christine Goodner is a Suzuki parent and teacher from Portland, Oregon. She has endless wisdom and a holistic perspective on Suzuki education that has helped Suzuki parents at every stage of the journey. Her two books, Beyond the Music Lesson and Positive Practice: 5 Steps to Help Your Child Develop a Love of Music, are as enjoyable as they are informative.
Books by Edmund Sprunger
Ed Sprunger is a Registered Suzuki Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and a former student of Dr. Shin'ichi Suzuki. Also trained as a psychotherapist, he holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and has done post-degree training with the Michigan and St. Louis psychoanalytic institutes. His books, Helping Parents Practice: Ideas for Making It Easier (Vol. 1) and Building Violin Skills: A Set of Plans Designed to Help Parents and Children Construct Positive Practices, provide insightful and actionable strategies for both new and seasoned Suzuki parents.
Books by Ed Kreitman
Edward Kreitman is the founder and Director of the Western Springs School of Talent Education in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Kreitman is known throughout the world as a guest clinician at Suzuki institutes and workshops and is a registered Teacher Trainer of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. His first book, Teaching from the Balance Point - A Guide for Suzuki Parents, Teachers, and Students, distills the concepts and processes in Suzuki education. Content-rich and concise, this is is a must-read for any Suzuki parent who wants to understand the big picture and the details of the Suzuki approach. His second book, Teaching with an Open Heart - A Guide for Developing Conscious Musicianship, offers inspiration and strategies that go beyond everyday teaching techniques into the psychological and interpersonal realms. Kreitman's two books are a can't-miss set for any Suzuki parent or teacher.