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Yuko Honda SimplySuzuki music instruction was founded in memory of Yuko Honda, one of Dr. Suzuki’s first pupils who dedicated her life and talent to teaching and performing music. Yuko's father, Dr. Masaaki Honda, is also well known for his book Suzuki Changed My Life which contains several memoirs of his experiences with Dr. Suzuki during Yuko's musical development. As an internationally recognized talent in her own right, Ms. Honda was truly a catalyst for promoting and expanding Dr. Suzuki‘s method of teaching as she traveled the world mentoring literally tens of thousands of students and teachers. Her life was an amazing life.

 

Dr Wright with Simply Suzuki StudentsMy name is Angela DeVeau Wright and I am personally honored to have been under Yuko's tutelage through an internship program while completing my certification as a Suzuki instructor at the University of Memphis in 1977. UofM was one of the first Universities to embrace the Suzuki® Method and to establish the vibrant Memphis Suzuki Institute, a community program for Suzuki music instruction. Started in 1971, in 1976 Yuko Honda led and more firmly established the program in Memphis and it still thrives today with more than 300 students.

My desire is to help bring beauty through music to my sphere of influence in South Central Texas and beyond. It is with gratitude that I now teach and perform music to further the ideals inspired by Yuko’s passion, enthusiasm, and devotion. Although she will be truly missed after her passing in April 2007, her legacy still lives on in the lives of her students. I am fortunate to have been one of them.

The Suzuki method of musical instruction is as natural as teaching children their ABC’s.

It was with this nurturing attitude that Dr. Shinichi Suzuki first established his Talent Education approach to teaching violin students in Japan and it is today with this nurturing attitude that we at SimplySuzuki approach the musical instruction of our students. We believe that music is a life skill that can be learned and enjoyed throughout ones’ lifespan. It is noteworthy to point out that there is scientific evidence to substantiate that music has a unique and positive effect on brain function and development and can enhance the absorption of other academic knowledge.

The 'nurture' involved in the Suzuki movement is modeled on a concept of early childhood education that focuses on factors which Shinichi Suzuki observed in native language acquisition, such as immersion, encouragement, small steps, and an unforced timetable for learning material based on each person's developmental readiness to imitate examples, internalize principles, and contribute novel ideas.

The Suzuki Method was conceived in the mid-20th century by Shin'ichi Suzuki, a Japanese violinist who desired to bring some beauty to the lives of children in his country after the devastation of World War II. As a skilled violinist but a beginner at the German language who struggled to learn it, Suzuki noticed that all children pick up their native language quickly, and even dialects which adults consider "difficult" to learn are spoken with ease by people of 5 or 6 years. He reasoned that if children have the skill to acquire their mother tongue, then they have the necessary ability to become proficient on a musical instrument. He pioneered the idea that any pre-school age child could begin to play the violin if learning steps were small enough and if the instrument was scaled down to fit their body. He modeled his method, which he called "Talent Education", after his theories of natural language acquisition. Suzuki believed that every child, if properly taught, was capable of a high level of musical achievement.

Although the Suzuki method was first developed in Japan, it spread from there to other Pacific Rim countries, to Europe, and then to the United States. The method has also begun to be taught in a few places in Africa. Although it originally used the study of the violin to achieve its goals, it has also been adapted for other instruments: flute, recorder, piano, guitar, cello, viola, bass, organ, harp and voice.

The Suzuki Method has evolved in the United States over the past 5 decades to include the more traditional instruction of sight reading and the study of a variety of musical styles. This Western evolution provides the advantage of musical aural development and improvisation potential in addition to the preparation of the student for the traditional orchestral environments.

All of us at SimplySuzuki look forward to meeting you and your child. Our expanding list of accomplished musicians welcomes you. Together we can pursue and fulfill Dr. Suzuki’s vision for better music by developing skillful music from the heart.

Sincerely,

Angela DeVeau Wright, BME, MA, PhD
Founder
SimplySuzuki

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