Suzuki Changed My Life
By Masaaki Honda
Item: 00-0084
UPC: 029156660050
ISBN 10: 0874870844
ISBN 13: 9780874870848
PRICE: $17.95
Category: Textbook - General (Suzuki)
Format: Book
This autobiographical work is full of touching anecdotal references to occurrences in Honda's early life which subtly bring the Suzuki philosophies into focus. Written in the early seventies, this charming book seems at first to be an autobiography (which indeed it is), but as one reads further into the book, one realizes that it is much more. Through the effective use of literary devices, Honda is in reality painting a picture of another life, that of his mentor, Shinichi Suzuki. As Honda tells of his boyhood, each time he learns a lesson in life -- humility, compassion, philosophy, love of life, love of art and music -- he is in fact building towards the core of his later passion, the spreading of Suzuki's teachings worldwide. Contained herewith is a history lesson on the beginnings of Talent Education in Japan as told by one of the few people who was there at the very beginning. "Develop character through music" -- this is how Dr. Honda defines Talent Education at its most fundamental. One learns of the beginnings of Suzuki teaching in the United States from one of the men responsible for bringing Talent Education to this country. This is entertaining reading, with joy, heartache, pain, courage and, above all, insight into this revolution which is still taking place, the development of early childhood education. It should be read by all who have a passing interest in Suzuki and his teachings.
The Tour Materializes
Suzuki's First Workshop
I Visit the U.S. with Junko
Life of the Spirit
The Second Tour Materializes
Back in Japan
I Become Ill
I Return Home from the Hospital
I Enter Middle School
I Enter Medical School
Tour without Suzuki
Founding of E.D.A. and the 1968 Tour
E.D.A. Starts to Work
Our Silver Wedding Anniversary
Tour, 1969
Our United States Tour
Yuko Goes to the University of Washington
What Is Environment?
The First Visit to Europe
E.D.A. English Classes
I Read About Dr. Doman
We Are Invited to Rio de Janeiro
Mother Investigation Team
Making the Film
First Performance Before a Foreign Audience
The Film Is Sent to the U.S.
The 1972 Tour
The Beginning of a New World
I Become Director
The First Graduation
A New Turn
Mayako Has an Accident
The First National Concert
We Perform on TV
Preparation for the Tour to the U.S.
Mr. Cook's Arrival
Yuko's First Recital in Misono
Yuko's First Lesson
First Meeting with Suzuki
We Visit Matsumoto
Ecumenical Work Camp, 1951
A Baby Is Born
Suzuki's Voice
Relationship with My Father
Experience in Working
Book Reading
Music Lessons
New Year 1965
My Work in the Institute Begins
I Meet Junko Sakurada
We Get Married
I Recover
My Boyhood in the Country
Leaving Japan
New Life in San Francisco
I Go to Grammar School
The New Center Building of Talent Education
I Go Back to Japan
My Daughters' Education
We Build Our Home in Fujisawa
Developing Sensitivity