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Thesis 1

Thesis Title: The Suzuki Method: an assessment of its educational and musical validity
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Musicology
Supervisor(s): Mr Sťan Mac Liam
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: September 2007
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: St. Patricks College, DCU
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 1
Thesis Location / Link: Cregan Library, St. Patrickís College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Persons / Composers: Shin'ichi Suzuki
Time Frame: Twentieth Century
Key Issues / Concepts: Music education, violin teaching and learning methods
Abstract: The philosophy and practices of the Suzuki Method are a controversial subject among music teachers. This thesis evaluates the legitimacy of the common perceptions that surround the method. The Japanese roots of the method are also explored, and the success of each aspect of Suzuki teaching when applied to Western music education is examined.

The ways in which Suzukiís educational philosophy and practice conform with accepted educational philosophies and practices in education, both general and music education, is also discussed throughout the course of this thesis. The Suzuki Violin materials are considered from the point of view of their educational and musical viability.

The views and opinions of non-Suzuki violin teachers are surveyed to determine the influence of the method on conventional string teaching in Ireland.

The main outcomes of this research are that the strong points of the method stem mainly from Suzukiís teaching philosophy, and this approach to teaching is perhaps more suitable for the Japanese culture in which it was devised, and may not be as effective in Western society today. However, my research also shows that there are some beliefs and practices in common between Suzuki and conventional teaching.

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Current Institution Affiliation: St. Patrick's College, DCU

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