Welcome to the Suzuki Triangle Blog!
Hi, I’m Christine Goodner: a Suzuki teacher in Hillsboro, OR.
On this blog I share my thoughts about teaching, parenting and helping students succeed. You can read more about the Suzuki Method below.
I’m excited to be able to share the conversation with you!
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Here’s a few things about me . . .
I grew up a Suzuki violin student from the age of three, have a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, and am Suzuki Trained through the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) in Violin & Suzuki Early Childhood Education.
I currently serve as President of the Oregon Suzuki Association, run my private studio Brookside Suzuki Strings, Co-teach Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes in the Portland area & most recently have started to write about all things teaching and Suzuki.
I hope through this blog you will find inspiration, new ideas and a renewed sense of the powerful impact that music & the Suzuki method can have in our lives.
What is the Suzuki Method?
The Suzuki method is a way of teaching and learning music developed by a man named Shinichi Suzuki in post WW2 Japan. He observed and studied how young children learned their native language and applied what he observed to help children better learn music, specifically the violin (at first).
Concepts like being in an environment surrounded by beautiful music, treating and teaching each child as if they can learn to play (rather than testing them for aptitude which was standard practice at the time) and playing music that has already been learned to the point that it becomes automatic and can be played with ease (much as children learn a word and keep using it over and over until it is part of their vocabulary).
The Suzuki method, in my experience, is technique based. It teaches that character development is at least as important as musician development. Many of our nation’s orchestra musicians and many soloists started their training in the Suzuki method. Most of all I like to think of it as a method that develops the whole child – not just a few skills that the child knows.