Building Noble Hearts: Inside a Music Teaching Community
By Suzuki Association of the Americas
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From the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and hosted by Margaret Watts Romney, Building Noble Hearts is a podcast exploring the learning environments in which children, parents, and teachers gain new knowledge and are encouraged to become fine individuals. Based on commentary and interviews with members of the teaching community inspired by humanitarian violinist Shinichi Suzuki, we examine themes of good teaching everywhere such as listening, community, creativity, and more.
||Clean"I Get to Bring Them In" - Season 2, Episode 4||What is community? How do you find it? Join it? Build it? It’s more than just showing up to a bake sale with brownies from a box, then taking off (though I’ve done this many times). Is it bowling clubs…||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPracticing Can Be Hard - Season 2, Episode 3||Music practice has its highs and lows. Sometimes we reach a state of bliss and flow as we find the perfect balance of competence, challenge, and creativity with our instrument. Or, sometimes we can feel like Sisyphus; over and over…||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreater Than We Would Be on Our Own - Season 2 Episode 2||Margaret Watts Romney: Gail Johansen and Daniela Gongora are both violinists and teachers, but they’ve made music in vastly different areas. Gail Johansen lives in Fairbanks, Alaska… Gail Johansen: Right now since it is almost the winter solstice, we have less…||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"We're All Performers of One Kind or Another" - Season 2, Episode1||Welcome back to season two of Building Noble Hearts. I’m Margaret Watts Romney. Here, we take a look at the learning environments in which children, parents, and teachers gain new knowledge, and are also encouraged to become fine individuals. Throughout…||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Two Trailer||Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes Also on Stitcher and other popular podcast apps. Feed URL: https://suzukiassociation.org/podcasts/building-noble-hearts/ Welcome back to season two of Building Noble Hearts, I’m Margaret Watts Romney. Since the ending of season one last fall, we have loved hearing…||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatsumoto Memoir - Sarah Hersh||We are dipping back to a series of recordings - interviews made a number of years ago with people who studied with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan in decades past. In their voices, hear their curiosity and admiration as they remember their experiences. Also, you can hear the inspiration, wisdom, and gratitude that they’ve kept with them since they left. We’ve heard similar stories from Winifred Crock, Helen Higa, and Mark Bjork about their time studying in Matsumoto with Shinichi Suzuki. So while we are working on the full episodes for Season Two, we will occasionally release these Matsumoto Memoires: simple storytelling, straight from the people who were there... Lightly edited for clarity, without narration. Our story starts in the 70’s, in Ohio where Sarah Hersh was studying music. She loved playing violin, was curious about teaching, and happened to have a lucky locker assignment. Welcome to this Matsumoto Memoir from Sarah Hersh.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatsumoto Memoir - Mark Bjork||Our story starts in the 60’s, in Minnesota, when Mark Bjork was heading to an intriguing concert. He was going to see a tour group of very young Japanese children playing complex concertos brought to North America by Shinichi Suzuki. Welcome to this Matsumoto Memoir from Mark Bjork.||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Bringing Your Gifts and Feeding a Hunger that the World Has." - Episode 6||Have you ever felt so focused on the project in front of you that the rest of the world seemed to disappear? Perhaps time stood still? You felt in complete harmony with things around you? This place is a source…||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Skills I didn’t know my child had" - Episode 5||When is the ideal age to start a music education? Many teachers start students as young as 3 and 4 years old, but Dorothy Jones took to heart Dr. Suzuki’s admonition to focus on the babies. In this episode, we…||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatsumoto Memoir - Helen Higa||Today, we are looking at just one environment created by one teacher, and finding themes that can be applied to good teaching everywhere such as generosity, powerful observation, and warmth. Recently I was introduced to a series of recordings - interviews made a number of years ago with people who studied with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan in decades past. I feel like I’ve had a little trip to Asia in the 1970’s.||6/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Holding Two Concepts In One's Mind" - Episode 4||Students, Teachers, Parents, Administrators: we are all interested in growth and change. In this episode, Sarah Bylander Montzka explains the skill we can all use of "holding two concepts in one's mind at the same time"—a skill which can nurture growth in students, organizations, and ourselves.||6/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"It Transcended Us to Another World" - Episode 3||Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes Also on Stitcher and other popular podcast apps. Feed URL: https://suzukiassociation.org/podcasts/building-noble-hearts/ Music & Clips Radiolab “Sound as Touch” episode Sun Up by Stephen Katz and Derek Snyder Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky played by Alexander Ghindin. Comments…||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This" - Episode 2||How are in-person and engaged communities created? What do they feel like when you're in them? We interview group class expert and cellist Carey Beth Hockett to hear her answers.||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - "You Have to Go On, You Have to Grow"||Who was Dr. Suzuki, why is there a community of teachers following his vision, and what ideas can apply to teachers anywhere? We talk with his former student, Winifred Crock, to answer these questions and more.||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding Noble Hearts - Season 1 Trailer||From the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Building Noble Hearts explores the learning environments where we gain knowledge and also grow personally. These interviews with members of the Suzuki music community can inform good teaching everywhere.||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I am very excited that the SAA is finally releasing its own podcast. This has so much potential to reach teachers and anyone that wants to learn more about effectively teaching students. I personally am excited to see where the Builing Noble Hearts journey will take us!
Fantastic, motivating and professionally done!
Diverse viewpoints from around the world, very educational, like a review of Suzuki teachers' training. Hope it will be good for Suzuki parents too.
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It is so important to keep the stories of Dr. Suzuki alive for those who never had a chance to meet him. What a great man and great inspiration! Thank you for sharing these stories!