The purpose of Suzuki Method World Convention
For five days beginning March 27, 2013, the Talent Education Research Institute is going to hold the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan. The purpose of the convention is to promote not only culture and art, but also to promote the education of small children with the wish for the happiness of all children in the world. During this convention, the birth of new bonds and reinforcement of old bonds made through exchanges with people from all over the world playing music together will contribute to leading us to a world of peace and friendship.
official leaflet■Name of the Convention
The 16th Suzuki Method World Convention
■Names of the Promoter Organizations
Talent Education Research Institute, Corp.
The 16th Suzuki Method World Convention Organization Committee
・Honorary Convention President
Her Imperial Highness Princess Hisako Takamado
Mineo Nakajima, Ph. D.
President, Talent Education Research Institute, Corp.
President, Akita International University
Tamotsu Inoue President, Matsumoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Hideya Taida TERI Executive Officer
ISA TERI Representative
Hiroko Suzuki TERI Executive Officer
Fumiko Satoh TERI Executive Officer
Board Member, Matsumoto City Education And Culture Foundation
Sponsorship: See the attached materials.
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Matsumoto City. Board of Education
■The parent organization of the convention
Talent Education Research Institute、Corp.
3-10-3 Fukashi Matsumoto City Nagano 390-8511, Japan
March 27th (Wednesday) ~ March 31st (Sunday) 2013
■The Convention Sites
Matsumoto City General Gymnasium,
Kissei Bunka Hall,
Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre,
Agatanomori Culture Hall,
Matsumoto City Museum of Art,
Matsumoto Worker's Welfare Center,
Matsumoto Shuho Junior High School,
Talent Education Institute Hall, etc.
■About the Talent Education Research Institute, Corp.
The founder of the Talent Education Research Institute, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, was born in 1898. After studying the violin under Karl Klingler in Germany, Shinichi Suzuki returned to Japan where he performed and taught violin as a professor at Teikoku Ongakuin. At that same time, he was also teaching some very young students in his home; Toshiya Eto, Koji Toyoda, Nejiko Suwa, Takeshi Kobayashi, Kenji Kobayashi, Hidetaro Suzuki, Yoko Arimatsu, all of whom became Japan’s virtuoso violinists. And, it is from the experiences Suzuki had teaching these young children that lead him to establishing the “Matsumoto Music School,” the school where the Suzuki Method began and where it first received approval by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
Dr. Suzuki’s “Method” was based on the idea that “every Japanese child can speak Japanese fluently” and his “Method” was known as “Mother Tongue Education.” Suzuki believed that the capability of children is not inborn but is nurtured by circumstances. According to Suzuki’s unique method of education, children learn music the same way that they learn their mother tongue having fun together with their parents. No child would fail or drop out and every child’s capability is recognized with approval. The Suzuki Method’s revolutionary ideas of practicing, along with the text books written by Dr. Suzuki, developed a new approach to early childhood education through studying the violin. And since the results showed a success that no one had ever seen before, what came to be known as the “Talent Education” movement spread all over Japan.
In 1958, when a film of the Suzuki children playing violins was introduced in the United States, the tone and high artistic level of the performance greatly shocked those in attendance and left a deep impression. Thus, a lot of teachers, not only from the US but from all over the world, started coming to Japan to meet and study with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. As a result, the Suzuki Method began to spread worldwide.
In Japan, there are presently 900 Suzuki teachers and 15,000 pupils. And throughout the world there are more than 400,000 Suzuki students studying in 46 countries and regions. The Suzuki Method has also been highly evaluated by many colleges where they offer courses in Suzuki Method Pedagogy.
Throughout the world, the Suzuki Method has produced not only musicians but many brilliant people who are active in various fields. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki strongly felt it was important to nurture a “beautiful mind” as well as “beautiful tone.” His belief was that nurturing children with “rich sensibility” and “beautiful hearts” would lead us to a world of peace. The results of the Suzuki Method have proven that the Suzuki Method is not just music education, but a quite successful “Human Education Method.”
■Theme of the convention
Theme: The World will be One, Joined Together by Children Making Music
ー2013 International Children’s Music Festival in Matsumotoー
Date: March 27(Wed)
meeting day, teachers’ study meeting, social meeting
March 28(Thu) ~ 31(Sun)
class lessons, group lessons, various concerts,
teachers’ study meeting, keynote speech,
subcommittee meetings, symposium
■Expected number of Participants
From Japan: 4,100
From other countries: 1,300
The Importance of the World Convention and Its History
The first world convention（Hawaii）1975 In March of 1964, following a short silence, there was a sudden burst of thunderous applause when the beautiful sounds produced by ten children swept through the hall of the UN in New York. (These ten children were ten of Dr. Suzuki’s students who went to New York with Dr. Suzuki). It was there that Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998), the founder of the Suzuki Method, said in a speech, “We make utmost efforts to bring happiness to all of the children in Japan. I wish you also would heartily try to bring happiness to all of the children in your countries.” Dr. Suzuki deeply loved children and believed in their infinite potentiality in accordance with his belief “To nurture all the children; splendid makes the world peaceful and prosperous.”
Though many professional musicians have been nurtured through the Suzuki Method, the true aim of the Suzuki Method is not to produce professional musicians. For over 60 years, the goal of the Suzuki Method has been based on the wish for the happiness of children; and the most important goal is to develop humanity with beautiful hearts. Lately, many parts of the world are facing unstable times. Here in Japan the earthquake and tsunami that hit east Japan contributed to this instability. In these unstable days, the children are our hope for the future. Therefore, it is time for us to strive for the happiness of children. We hope that our Suzuki Method World Convention will send out this important message to the world and that it will add to the contribution of the development of culture and art.
The first world convention was held in Hawaii in 1975. Following that first convention, Japan hosted the 6th, 9th, and 13th world conventions. It has been 14 years since a world convention was held in Japan. And after receiving many requests to once again hold the world convention in Japan, the decision was made for it to be held in the city of Matsumoto where the Suzuki Method originated. With the attention of the world on this convention, we will do our best to send out our message resonating in the beautiful “Suzuki Tone” for a peaceful and prosperous world.