Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-10-2017

School

School of Music

Major

Music: World Cultures

Keywords

Music, Music Education, Suzuki, Japanese Music Education, Music Pedagogy, Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Language Learning

Disciplines

Ethnomusicology | First and Second Language Acquisition | Linguistics | Music | Musicology | Music Pedagogy | Music Practice

Abstract

This thesis will study the history of Japanese music education philosophies and pedagogy techniques. Specific focus has been given to the music education methods and philosophies of renowned Japanese music educator, Shinichi Suzuki. Suzuki’s views on the learning processes of children have greatly impacted the field of music education. Suzuki held the belief that the language acquisition process and the learning processes of children were intricately connected. He spent years applying his research to the field of music education. His resulting pedagogy techniques are now known as the Suzuki Method. The Suzuki Method, which has been adapted in various ways for different instruments and teaching styles, is still influencing music education in the United States and around the world.