Publication Date

Spring 4-10-2017


School of Music


Music: World Cultures


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


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


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.