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ERIC Number: EJ1117806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1063-5734
Authenticity, Shinichi Suzuki, and "Beautiful Tone with Living Soul, Please"
Thompson, Merlin
Philosophy of Music Education Review, v24 n2 p170-190 Fall 2016
While there is a great deal of scholarly inquiry into the Suzuki Method of music instruction, few resources examine how the various aesthetic and pedagogic themes associated with the Suzuki Method are grounded in Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's sense of self. Using the notion of authenticity--being true to oneself--as an investigative underpinning, I trace the trajectory of Suzuki's personal grounding from the pivotal events of his youth to the emergence in his eighties of the signature statement, "Beautiful tone with living soul, please." What comes from this investigation is an appreciation that Suzuki's sense of self carries with it not only a consideration for the life affirming and transformational potential of music, but also an invitation for teachers to purposefully engage in meaning-making and music-making experiences reflective of what it means to be true to oneself.
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Language: English
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