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The premier issue of Piano Basics Foundation News features international workshop reports, three articles by Dr. Haruko Kataoka: "The Treasure of Music," "The Difficulty of Relaxing When Tense," and "The Method of Training Beginners, Number 18," and her thoughts on the 1994 International Suzuki Piano Conference in Brussels.
Published here are "The Importance of Naturalness" and "Helping Children Develop" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka. A speech by Dr. Kataoka and responses of Japanese and American students to a visit of American students to Japan is included.
This issue showcases "Win and Then Tighten the Strap On Your Helmet" and "The Importance of the Arts to Human Beings" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka. Also included are reports on the Sacramento, Louisville, and Bellingham Suzuki Piano Institutes.
Featured articles include "Look Up in Your Studies; Look Down in Your Life" and "How to Teach Beginners, Number 19" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka. The Atlanta Suzuki Piano Conference is described by Karen Hagberg, Cleo Brimhall, and Cathy Williams-Hargrave.
The last issue of 1996 contains "On Observing" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka, several articles by Pam Smith, Gloria Krueger, Jill Wellman, Ellen Walker, and Keiko Ogiwara, and an annual editor's message from Karen Hagberg.
Two articles by Dr. Haruko Kataoka appear: "How Can We Make Everyone Happy" and "How to Teach Beginners, No. 20, Clementi: 'Sonatina', Opus 36, Number 1, 'Andante.'" Also featured are reports on Linda Nakagawa's Singapore Workshop and Dr. Kataoka's Matsumoto Workshop.
"Why Do We Practice Every Day?" and "One Day is a Lifetime!" are Dr. Haruko Kataoka's featured articles. The latest on the estranged relationship between the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Sensei Kataoka is reported. Rita Burns writes a very interesting analysis of the Matsumoto students in "Why are They so Good?" Finally, Bruce Boiney discusses "The Study of Scales and Reading."
Two of Dr. Haruko Kataoka's articles are published here, "Spirit" and "How to Teach Beginners, No. 21, Clementi: Sonatina, Op. 36, No. 1, Vivace." Carole Mayers provides her account of a teacher workshop in "A Workshop Diary: Reactions and Results."
Contained in this issue are two articles by Dr. Kataoka. In the first, "Drawing Spirit," she uses the metaphor of art to convey brilliance in the study and performance of music. A second article, "How to Teach Beginners, No. 22, Kuhlau: Sonatina, Opus 55, Number 1, Allegro," is also included. Additional features are Cheryl Kraft's "'Choco Bananas', Fundraising Matsumoto Style," and Piano Basics member contributions to "Fundraising: Dreams and Nightmares."
Features include "Listen" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka, "Louisville Musings," a commentary about the University of Louisville Suzuki Workshop held in June 1997, by Renee Eckis, "From a Mother's Heart" by Anne Klink, "Graduating from Matsumoto and Moving to Germany" by David Williams, and a new column, "Media Corner" by Bruce Boiney.
An article by Dr. Haruko Kataoka appears, "Prince Shotoku and Pianists." A second about her parent talk is entitled "Sit Up Straight! It is Good to be Nervous!" and written by Dr. Angela Rickford. Leah Brammer's "Media Corner" also appears. Particularly useful is the list of recommended discography through Book 7, videotapes and books.
Dr. Haruko Kataoka contributes two articles, "Personality Traits That We Have from Birth" and "How to Teach Beginners, Number 23, Kuhlau: Sonatina, Opus 55, Number 1, Vivace." Karen Hagberg, Rita Burns, American students and parent teachers, and Japanese host families comment, often with much humor, on the 10-Piano Concert in Matsumoto, Japan for 1997.
A tribute to Dr. Shinichi Suzuki is featured here, photo included. Articles include "The Cookie Man" by Karen Hagberg, "Thank You, Dr. Suzuki" by Cleo Brimhall, "Piano Tone: Musical Tone, Part 1" and "How to Teach Beginners, No. 23, Bagatelle (Theme) - Beethoven" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka, "My Suzuki Experience in Rochester" by Corinna Chang, and "Why Go to a Summer Workshop?" by Judy Prichard. Workshop news is also given.
This issue contains "Piano Tone: Musical Tone, Part 2" and "How to Teach Beginners: No. 25, The Wild Rider--Schumann" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka and "How Golf and Piano Mix" by Jeffrey Edelman. "A Mixture of Sadness and Happiness" by Bruce Anderson and a note from Mrs. Suzuki also appear.
Issue 3.4 includes Dr. Haruko Kataoka's "Piano Tone: Musical Tone, Part 3" and "How to Teach Beginners, No. 26 Ecossaise, by Beethoven." Also included are Dr. Karen Hagberg's "7-Piano Concert in Rochester," Becky Sumner's charming "Seizo Azuma in Rochester: One Mother's Experience," several letters, 1999 workshop information, and the valuable Piano Basics Discography.
Several important articles grace Volume 3.5. Dr. Karen Hagberg's "Teaching the Twinkle Variations, Pam Smith's "Teacher to Teacher," and Jane Brashears "The Real Payoff Behind Practicing and Listening" highlight this issue.
In this issue Karen Hagberg defends Dr. Haruko Kataoka in her ongoing confrontation with the International Suzuki Association. Dr. Kataoka's "How to Teach Beginners" and "How to Teach Reading" appear. Other important articles include Cleo Brimhall's "Suzuki Centennial Celebration, A Piano Basic Contribution" and Karen Hagberg's "On Reading Music." A very special poem, "Ode to My Grand Piano," written by 10-year-old Laura Binford, a student in Bruce Boiney's Louisville studio, is published here.
The first issue for 1999 includes "The Heart of Art," and "How to Teach Beginners, No. 27, Clementi, Sonatina, Op. 36, no.3, Spiritoso (Part 2)" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka. Elaine Worley's notes are turned into an article, "Dr. Kataoka Lectures: How to Teach Reading, Part Two: How to Teach Methode Rose." The last article is by Dr. Karen Hagberg, "What?? No Western Kataoka Workshop in '99?"
Inside this issue are Dr. Haruko Kataoka's "Let's Have Conviction!" and her lecture, "How to Teach Reading, Part Three: 'Recreations' by Carl Czerny," recreated by Elaine Worley from her notes taken in Salt Lake City, 1993 and Sacramento, 1992-1993. Seizo Azuma's "La Campanella: F. Liszt 'Favorites'" is reviewed favorably by Dr. Karen Hagberg. Details of Dr. Kataoka's US workshops in Louisville, Philadelphia, and Sacramento are also given.
Wonderful essays from student/parent/teacher participants at the 1999 Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert are included here. Essays have been written by Vicki and Brandon Seil, Michelle and Tammy Uichanco, Mei Ihara, Kelly Chu, Judy Wely, Laura Kauppi, Rita Burns, and Alison Barrett. Dr. Haruko Kataoka's How To Teach Reading, derived from the notes of Elaine Worley, is an important part of this issue. Finally, information on the forthcoming in Sacramento, California is given.
Dr. Kataoka explains the responsibilities of adults in the student-teacher-adult learning triangle. Joan Krzywicki reports on the Philadelphia Suzuki Piano Basics Workshop. Carole Mayers explores what Dr. Suzuki meant when he said, "Suzuki Method is parent education." Dr. Kataoka is revealed through the eyes of ten-year-old Peter Moser. The minutes of the 1999 Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation Annual Meeting are reproduced. Finally, the new Suzuki Piano Basics Discography is published.
The 10-Piano Concert held in Sacramento, California on 6 August 1999 is featured. Some twenty-six teachers, parents, and students describe their months of preparation, weeks in Sacramento, and the night of the concert. Over one hundred students from around the world participated. Selected pieces from the Suzuki piano repertoire were performed by groups of ten students who played simultaneously with great beauty on ten grand pianos. Some wonderful photos are included.
Features "Genius or Effort" by Kataoka Sensei, her US Workshop Schedule for 2000, Seizo Azuma's US Concert Tour, "Playing in 'The Zone' by Dr. Karen Hagberg, Pam Werner's reviews of Cathy Williams-Hargrave's Reading Music by Ear and Basic Rhythm Studies, and Janice Porter's reviews of the CD series, Great Pianists of the 20th Century, and the BMG classics video on Alicia De Larrocha.
The first issue of 2000 features Dr. Haruko Kataoka's "Save Courage to be Repetitious" and the second part of Dr. Karen Hagberg's two-part "Playing in the Zone or, How to Choose a Good Piano." Also inside are all of the Suzuki Piano Basics summer institutes. Concert pianist Seizo Azuma's schedule and program are also listed.
In this issue is Dr. Kataoka's article, "Electric Piano," in which she recalls her mother often exclaiming, "Haruko, the piano!" Dr. Karen Hagberg's Part 2 of "Playing in the Zone or How to Choose a Good Piano" is concluded.
Two articles, "The Sense of Accomplishment" and "Children are Wonderful" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka are published here, the latter with a drawing by Julie Kataoka. Eleven visiting Japanese students describe their lives in Japan and their love for the piano during their trip to Rochester, NY and Sacramento, CA. Dr. Carolyn M. Barrett discusses the relationship between the true Suzuki spirit and Suzuki Piano Basics method of teaching in the aftermath of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's death. Dorothy Drake presents commentaries from several Louisville Institute attendees including Gloria Elliott, Judy Wely, Renee Eckis, Carole Mayers, Vicki Merley, and Vicki Seil. Enjoy!
With some humor and a bit of gravity parents, children, and Matsumoto's Suzuki Piano Basics teachers share their experiences in "All Children in the World Hate to Practice." Rita Burns discusses why you should attend a Suzuki Piano Basics Workshop in "Dissatisfaction Leads to Opportunity." Kataoka Sensei instructs in "How to Teach Beginners, No. 29, Minuets 1, 3, and 8 by Mozart." The issue closes with Leah Brammer's review of Argentine-born Martha Argerich's Debut Recital.
The last issue of the true millennium contains two articles by Kataoka Sensei, "Think About the Long Term Goal, Not Just the Short Term Goal!" and "Time for Learning." Cathy Williams Hargrave begins a series that corrects the inconsistencies in the published editions of the Suzuki piano volumes, "Reconciling Editions: A Guide for Teachers and Parents, Book 1, Twinkle Variations." Leah Brammer's review of a fascinating video, "The Art of Piano: Great Pianists of the 20th Century" is included. Sarah Khatibzadeh, twelve years of age, shares her experiences in "The Importance of Practicing." Finally, an updated discography is included.
The new millennium brings some very interesting reading and instructional materials for Suzuki Piano Basics Newsletter readers. Dr. Kataoka opens the issue with "All Babies are Born with Ability." Two articles from students' and teachers' perspectives discuss "Experiences in Japan" and "Trip to the USA 2000." Rita Burns reports on the "Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert 2000." Linda Nakagawa shares "This Time in Matsumoto." Dr. Kataoka's 2001 Workshop Schedule is included. Finally, Cathy Williams Hargrave contributes "Reconciling Editions: A Guide for Teachers and Parents - 'Book 1'."
Further details of the 2001 Workshops are given here. Kataoka Sensei compares sports with studying music in "What a Great Competition, the 2000 Olympics." Kataoka Sensei also comments on the wonderful results of the 10-Piano Concert in Matsumoto, Japan in "Heart and Responsibility." Rita Burns encourages attendance at a summer workshop in "Plan for a Summer Workshop with Dr. Kataoka Now!" Her article is complemented by Aleli Tibay's "Thoughts on Preparing for the Orange County Kataoka Workshop." Leah Brammer discusses how to apply new technologies such as CD-RW computer drives to the Suzuki Piano Basics methodology in "Technologies for Listening and Learning." Cathy Williams Hargrave continues her analysis of Suzuki books in "Reconciliation of Editions of the Suzuki Piano School, Part 3, Volume 2: Ecossaise, A Short Story, and Happy Farmer." This very rich volume concludes with two speeches: Brandon Seil, one of our piano school's finest students, lets the audience know how much he respects Kataoka Sensei; Carole Browning from Hokkaido, Japan gives a moving testimony to the sacrifices she and her family have made for her children to take lessons from Kataoka Sensei, who lives hundreds of miles across sea and land from her.
Kataoka Sensei presents "How to Teach Beginners, Nos. 29 - 32: Minuet 1, Minuet 3 and Minuet 8 by Mozart, and Musette by Bach." A new "Teachers' Forum" is introduced. Cathy Williams Hargrave continues her series "Reconciliation of Editions of the Suzuki Piano School, Part 4: Volume 2: Minuets 1, 2, 3 and Minuet in G." Leah Brammer reviews the "2000 Suzuki Method 10-Piano Concert" video. A variety of important announcements and details of forthcoming workshops are also published.
"I Hate to Practice!" and "Children Are Their Environment" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka are featured here. JoAnne Westerheide, Elena Fettig, Sheila Majia, Melody Diehl, Tina Bernabo, and Vicki Merley recall their wonderful week at the University of Louisville's Suzuki Piano Institute. Advice for the new Suzuki parent is given in the "Letters to the Editor" column.
"Imagination" is the lead article from Dr. Haruko Kataoka. Her letter of appeal to the US Suzuki community on behalf of Megumi Sugita follows. Rita Burns and Vicki Seil report on the 10-Piano Concert held in Sacramento in August. Finally, Cathy Williams Hargrave publishes part 5 of her series comparing editions of the Suzuki Piano School.
Kataoka Sensei reveals the relationship between children, parents and teachers in "Children are Mirrors of Their Parents." Dr. Karen Hagberg discusses the relationship between the Suzuki Method and the terrorist act of September 11th in New York City in "Suzuki Method in These Times." Dr. Kataoka's 2002 workshops schedule is listed. Cathy Williams Hargrave continues her series on reconciling editions of the Suzuki Piano School with a discussion of Mozart's Minuet. The minutes of the PBF annual membership meeting are reproduced. Joe Mieszek's letter to the editor is reproduced. Finally, participants at the forthcoming Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert in April 2002 are listed.
The new year opens with two articles by Kataoka Sensei, "Be a Beast" and "The Kentucky Derby." Cathy William Hargrave's "Reconciliation of Editions of the Suzuki Piano School" is continued in Part 6. Leah Brammer helps us smile with "Oh, To Hear Bach in the Morning!", followed by Rita Burns and Dorothy Drake exhorting us to attend a workshop in their respective articles, "Attend a Summer Workshop" and "Renew Yourself!"
This issue contains Dr. Haruko Kataoka's "Shall We Change Our Way of Thinking?", Leah Brammer's "Listening for the 2002 10-Piano Concert Repertoire," Cathy Williams Hargrave's "Reconciliation of Editions of the Suzuki Piano School, Part Seven: Melody by Robert Schumann", Kathy Moser's "A Four-Piano Event," Rita Burns' "Experience a Beast in Action," and details of forthcoming workshops.
Articles by Dr. Kataoka include "How to Practice, Parts 1 and 2," two articles entitled "Children are Wonderful," "Repetition is Very Important," "The Ability of Humans to Memorize," and a medical update and get-well address for piano student Megumi Sugita.
"A Much Better Environment" by Dr. Kataoka introduces this issue. Almost all of the newsletter is devoted to articles about and photos from the Ten-Piano Concert in Matsumoto, Japan. Featured writers include Rita Burns, Karen Hagberg, and Joseph Randazzo. The six black and white photos in the hard copy edition are reproduced here in vivid color, Shelley Sparks, Photographer.
This fall issue contains articles on the 2nd 10-Piano Concert and Workshop in Sacramento, 2-7 August 2002, by Dr. Haruko Kataoka, Shirlee Rickman, Eleanor Tsui, Kara VanderMeulen, Amber Jorgensen, and an article on the Tenth Atlanta Workshop by Leah Brammer. For photography from Atlanta see photos. Also included is a letter from Barbara Ray Francis concerning Suzuki student Joshua Powell, whose heroic firefighting father was killed during the events of 11 September. Finally, this issue contains a report on the membership's annual meeting held in Louisville, 3-7 June 2002, and a teaching article, both by Cathy Williams Hargrave.
The concluding issue for 2002 contains "A Gift From Parents (Life's Foundation)" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka; another update of "Reconciliation of Editions of The Suzuki Piano School, Volume 2," Part Nine: Sonatina in G Major by Ludwig van Beethoven, Romance, Second Movement" by Cathy Williams Hargrave; Elizabeth Sherk's workshop report; "Planning Ahead" by Rita Burns; and Karen Hagberg's review of Fun Classics.
"Always Breathe Deeply!" and "'ONE MILLION TIMES' SAVINGS" from Dr. Haruko Kataoka are published here. Cathy Williams-Hargrave's "Reconciliation of Editions of The Suzuki Piano School" continues with Volume 2. Kate Thompson (15) supports vinyl in "Records are Retro;" Susan Payne addresses parenting in "It's Simple but It's Not Easy;" Tanya Matsuda comments on attending institutes in her "Letter to the Editor;" and several announcements about workshops and the 10-Piano Concerts are included.
"Natural And Unnatural" is Dr. Haruko Kataoka's pedagogical essay in this issue. Leah Brammer encourages parents to introduce children to well performed classical music cds in her "Nurture Your Child's Musical Taste." Information on piano institutes in Louisville, Kentucky and Orange County, California, recitals by Seizo Azuma, and the annual foundation meeting is given. Rita Burns argues convincingly that you should reward yourself with the beauty of the Orange County institute in her "Fill Up Your Tank And Give To Yourself." Cathy Williams Hargrave gives us another segment in her reconciliation series of Suzuki piano repertoire in "Reconciliation of Editions of the Suzuki Piano School, Volume 2, Part Eleven: Minuet in G Minor by J.S. Bach." This issue concludes with the announcement of Suzuki-L, an online discussion list about Suzuki Piano Basics pedagogy.
Dr. Haruko Kataoka publishes two articles in this issue: "Classical Music is Food For the Heart" and "Children are Wonderful!" Rita Burns writes about the forthcoming student-teacher trip to Matsumoto, Japan. A tribute and heartfelt thanks to Cheryl Kraft, who has resigned as editor, is given. Karen Hagberg writes a review on the new Argerich DVD documentary and Cathy Williams Hargrave continues her study reconciling the editions of the Suzuki Piano repertoire with her analysis of Book Two's Sonatina, Op. 36, #1 Allegro.
Two articles from Dr. Haruko Kataoka in this issue are "Let's Have Strong Faith" and "Children are Wonderful!" A list of the US teachers who will attend the 10-Piano Concert in Matsumoto from November 1-16, 2003 is given. Leanne Anderson discusses her workshop experience in "I Must Go! Thoughts on Orange County's Workshop." Several photos are included. Finally, Janet Dizney relates her trip to Japan in "There and Back Again, A Suzuki Piano Teacher's Tale."
Dr. Kataoka publishes "Patience and Effort" and "The Piano Method That Allows Anybody to be able to Play Well, Part 1." Cathy Williams Hargrave reconciles the Zen-On and Warner Brothers editions of Volume 3, Part 2, Sonatina, Opus 36, #1. Leah Brammer, Linda Nakagawa, parents, and children discuss the 10-Piano Concert. Some photos are included.
Two articles by Kataoka Sensei appear here: "What is Responsibility?" and "The Piano Method That Allows Anybody to Play Well, Part 2." Cathy Williams Hargrave continues her Reconciliation series with "Reconciliation of Editions of the Suzuki Piano School Volume 3, Part 3, Sonatina, Op. 36, #1; Vivace." She also writes a memorial for Suzuki Piano Basics supporter Dr. Gerald Kraft. The issue concludes with the business meeting minutes of 2002 and 2003.
Dedicated to Dr. Haruko Kataoka, the Memorial Issue celebrates the life of Haruko Sensei. The publication contains Dr. Kataoka's speech to teachers in Matsumoto, Japan, 12 November 2003. Karen Hagberg's tribute and account of the funeral are also included. For an updated summer workshop list see http://core.ecu.edu/hist/wilburnk/SuzukiPianoBasics/Workshops/index.htm.
This edition contains Sensei's Speech from the 10-Piano Concert in Matsumoto, Japan, November 16, 2003 and her article, "Heaven and Hell." Huub de Leeuw from Utrecht, Netherlands published "Shishi no ko-otoshi: Thoughts on Kataoka Sensei's Guidance." For an updated summer workshop list see http://core.ecu.edu/hist/wilburnk/SuzukiPianoBasics/Workshops/index.htm.
Contains Kataoka Sensei's "Please Tell Your Students How to Practice," "The Piano Method That Allows Anybody to be able to Play Well," Part Three, and "Mothers are Wonderful." The issue concludes with Karen Hagberg's update on workshops with "Teacher Training without Kataoka Sensei: Plans for Summer 2004."
Dr. Haruko Kataoka's August 2001 Talent Education Institute speech is the lead article. Karen Hagberg reports on the 6-piano concert held in Louisville. The 2004 membership meeting report completes this issue.
Dr. Haruko Kataoka shares her thoughts on the 2003 Louisville Workshop. Kazuko Tanaka and Keiko Kawamura discuss their teaching experiences in the United States. Rita Burns's "Life Goes On" reflects on Dr. Kataoka. Karen Hagberg, Barbara Francis, Barbara Meixner, and Leah Brammer recall the 2004 Sacramento Workshop.
The lengthy and informative second installment of Dr. Haruko Kataoka's essay entitled "Dr. Suzuki's Education, Part 2" is the lead article. In "Life Changing Piano Study" Vicki Seil recalls the wonderful experiences she and her son Brandon had during their trips to Matsumoto, including observing Dr. Kataoka teaching her own students and visits to the Kawai and Yamaha piano factories. Workshop, memorial fund, and discography announcements conclude this issue.
Articles include Kataoka Sensei's "You Are Smart!", "Living Tone" by Karen Hagberg, Rochester, New York, and "Lessons in Japan, 1" by Mayumi Takashima Yunus, Tokyo, Japan plus upcoming Suzuki Piano Basics Events in 2005.
In the first article", "The Power of Making a Decision," Kataoka Sensei unfolds the "hidden power that emerges when you really decide to do something", and gives advice to parents on the willingness of children to practice or not. The second article, "Living Tone: a Footnote," is a continuation of Karen Hagberg's article "Living Tone" in Vol. 10. 1 issue. Next, reflections on "The 4th Sacramento Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano concert," the first one without Kataoka Sensei, are related by Linda Nakagawa, Sacramento, California. Also included in this edition is "A Haiku Diary" from the Piano Basics Teacher Research Workshop in Dallas, Texas, February 9-12, 2005 where the teachers share their insights of Kataoka Sensei.
"When you see something not only from one side but from many different sides, you can get more interesting results" sums up Dr. Kataoka's view on perspective in her article entitled, "Would you like to change?" Leah Brammer reflects on her daughter Bria's first solo trip to Matsumoto. Memoirs are shared by Gretel von Pischke, Leanne Anderson, Mei Ihara, Rae Kate Shen, and Rita Burns of their studies in Matsumoto.
The benefits and meaning of "Kiai" or good spirit is explored in Kataoka Sensei's article. This issue lists the "Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert 2006 Guidelines". Vicki Merley and Eileen Cloutier share their "Thoughts after the Dallas Workshop". Karen Hagberg's article "How We Research Now" is followed by the particulars of an upcoming November 2005 workshop in Rochester, NY.
Published in this issue are: "The Difficulty of Communicating With Words" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka, and 'Lessons from Kataoka Sensei, 1' "Why We Need Acoustic Instruments" by Karen Hagberg; two articles from Omaha, Nebraska: "The 2005 10-Piano Concert in Sacramento: The Many "Hats" I Wore" by Pam Fusselman, and "What Was I Thinking? A Teacher Performs at the 10-Piano Concert" by Carol Novak. A tribute of heartfelt thanks to those teachers from Japan who came to help with the 10-Piano Concert in Sacramento August 13, 2005 is included followed by a list of upcoming Suzuki Piano Basics Workshops/Events and a listing of the Piano Basics Foundation Education Materials.
The following articles appear in this issue: "The World of Nothing" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka; "The Importance of the Suzuki Piano Basics Teacher Research Workshop in Rochester" by Ann Taylor from Tucson, Arizona; "Four From Utah to Rochester" by Cleo Ann Brimhall of Salt Lake city, Utah; "My Experience in Rochester" by George Thigpen, spouse of Marile Thigpen, from Potomic Falls, Virginia; "Rochester Magic" by Christine Albro from Cary, North Carolina; and 'Lessons from Kataoka Sensei, II', "Why We Need Two Pianos for Teaching" by Karen Hagberg. Also, included are a listing of the upcoming Suzuki Piano Basics Workshops and Events, plus a listing of Piano Basics Foundation Educational Materials.
Included in this issue are outstanding articles by Dr. Haruko Kataoka Sensei tapping the hidden human potential of human beings, plus emphasizing the importance of continuing research and good seating equipment. Sources for good seating equipment are listed. Teachers and students who attended the Japan 10-Piano Concert 2006 are inserted along with Upcoming Suzuki Piano Basics Workshops/Events and a list of Piano Basics Foundation Educational Materials.
We are privileged to have two articles written by Dr. Haruko Kataoka Sensei from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, translated by Karen Hagberg in this issue of the _Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation News. In _The Joy of Achievement_ she expresses the true way to inner motivation and satisfaction through successful accomplishments. Also, in her ongoing articles of lessons she describes _The Essentials of Teacher Training_. Seizo Azuma is featured with a program of his Orange County concert in June, 2006, and upcoming summer events are highlighted.
The spirit of Japan and the 2006 International 10 Piano Concert held in Matsumoto in April is captured in this eye-opening issue detailing interesting points on the preparation and performance of the concert as well as insights into observations of students, parents, and teachers of the wonderful experiences they had in the country. An important article entitled "Just Enjoy!" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka Sensei is reproduced from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 10., No. 2, July 13, 2000, edited by Karen Hagberg explaining the danger of saying "Let's just enjoy!" Piano Basics Foundation upcoming workshops/events are listed from July 2006 to March 2007. Beautiful color photos accompanying this issue were taken by Malinda Rawls.
Dr. Haruko Kataoka's article "Think not only about the Present, but the Future!" contains important guidance for all parents in preparing children to stand on their own in the future with confidence, strength, and dignity. Janet Dizney of Federal Way, Washington provides an article entitled: "Getting Inspired in Sacramento" relaying the great experience the Sacramento Suzuki Piano Basics Teacher Research Workshop, August 8, 2006, directed by Linda Nakagawa of Sacramento, CA, has given her and those that attended. Included is a picture taken by Dorothy Drake of the Japanese visitors following the Friendship Concert. A list of Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events conclude this edition.
Dr. Kataoka lives through another of her marvelous articles giving sound advice on "What Makes a Wonderful Suzuki Teacher?" translated by Mitsuo Furumachi and edited by Karen Hagberg. An announcement is made of the Philadelphia workshop coinciding with an appearance by the legendary pianist Martha Argerich with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the preparations for the fifth Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert, in Sacramento, California Saturday, August 18, 2007. Linda Nakagawa enlightens us on general guidelines of the order of the pieces in the upper repertoire in "Suzuki Repertoire as Taught in Japan" as related in conversations with the Japanese teachers who attended the 2006 Sacramento Teacher Research Workshop. Benefits of Membership in Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation are listed followed by an account of the Piano Basics Foundation upcoming workshops and events.
This Volume contains valuable insights for parents by Haruko Kataoka, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Haruko Sakakibara entitled "The Responsibility of Adults". Also included is an interesting article by Karen Hagberg with Ken Wilburn, our web editor, called "Ken Wilburn: the Man Behind the Web Site" filling us in on how the Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation Web Site was born. The final article, "What Is It Like to Go to Japan? Part 1" by Karen Hagberg, is a vivid description of her trip to Japan for the 10-Piano Concert. Pictures are included of Karen's trip and Kenneth Wilburn with his children, Shelly and Kenny. Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops and Events are also listed in this volume.
The article by Dr. Haruko Kataoka, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero, edited by Karen Hagberg, entitled "Ingredients: the Ability to Select the Best" opens this edition relating the importance of tonal awareness as the basic ingredient in learning a piece of music. Secondly, Karen Hagberg shares more of her trip to Japan with "What Is It Like to go to Japan? Part 2" to be continued. Summer 2007 and 2008 News is listed followed by Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops and Events.
Dr. Kataoka relates practical and invaluable information on the value of repetition in all things in life as well as music ability development. The magnificent program for the Sacramento International 10-Piano Concert, scheduled for August 18, 2007 at the Sacramento Convention Center Theater and other information, is listed followed by a write up of the March Philadelphia Workshop. Next, is a very informative article on "How Fluent Are Your Twinkles?" 'General Remarks on Teaching Suzuki Piano' 'The world behind the Twinkles and their accompaniment' by Huub de Leeuw, Utrecht, the Netherlands. This is a jewel for the Piano Basics teaching library. In conclusion is a list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops and Events from March 9 through August 18, 2007.
Dr. Kataoka offers a moving article on how music contributes to world peace followed by an announcement of the new video library resource. Linda Nakagawa relates valuable information and guidelines for students participating in the Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concerts. A list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops and Events concludes the volume.
The first article, "Let's Get Rid of Unnecessary Tension," by Haruko Kataoka Sensei is a treasure for any kind of activity, especially playing the piano! Valuable insights into teaching and performing acquired from working on the Sacramento 10-Piano Concert performed August 18, 2007 are relayed in Linda Nakagawa's article "Worlds Apart." The video project is updated by Karen Hagberg, and in the following article, grateful comments are relayed by Karen for the Japanese teachers, who traveled from Japan to teach at the week-long Louisville Suzuki Piano Basics Institute in June 2007. New members are welcomed, followed by an article by Aleli Tibay and one by Rita Burns on the Orange County Teacher Research Workshop held in June 2007 at Concordia University, Irvine, California. In conclusion is a list of upcoming workshops and events followed by an announcement of the Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert 2008.
The warm spirit and responsibility of studying in Japan for the 10-Piano Concert in November was captured by Haruko Kataoka Sensei in her article "Heart and Responsibility" followed by many beautiful and very interesting pictures relating the views of the 5th Sacramento Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert August 18, 2007. In conclusion, the speech "Dr. Kataoka's True Lesson" delivered by Ryota Miyoshi at the banquet following the Sacramento 10-Piano Concert on August 18, 2007 was printed emphasizing Dr. Kataoka was a "life teacher" as well as an outstanding piano teacher. A list of upcoming events follows.
Beginning with an article entitled "Morals" by Haruko Kataoka Sensei, acquiring human morals are compared to the way piano basics have to be taught with consistency at a very young age. The next article "Concerned" by Linda Nakagawa relates how our students mimic their teachers. She outlines the elements that make good Suzuki Piano Basic teachers and emphasizes how important it is to observe good teachers. An announcement is made about that the Suzuki Piano Basics Video Archive is ready to proceed. Karen Hagberg fills us in on Part 3 of her amazing articles "What Is It Like to Go to Japan? Part 3" followed by a list of upcoming workshops and events.
The first article, "Anxiety, Joy, and Emotion" by Haruko Kataoka compares learning how to handle these emotions with preparing and performing recitals enabling students for the elements of life. A report follows on the "Summer 2008: a Menu of opportunity for Contact with Japan". Next, Linda Nakagawa shares an outstanding article on "The Power of Observation" and relates her personal experiences gained by observing Haruko Kataoka Sensei's workshops in Japan. The program of the 2008 Matsumoto 10-grand piano concert is then revealed in the next article. followed by an account of upcoming workshops and events. A list and order blank is included for the 20% off sale through May 1, 2008 of Piano Basics Foundation Educational Materials.
Dr. Kataoka Sensei relates a happy story in the first article relating to a student refusing to practice in her early years; but tuning in later to demonstrate a great love for music and an interest in developing her talent. This is followed by a study with teachers from Japan and decisions of the Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation Board. This edition also includes A recap of the Utah Piano Basics Teachers 10-Piano concert, a list of the scheduled August Teacher Workshops, a list of new members, changes in teacher-contact information, and it concludes with a list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops and Events. Of great importance and interest is an informative article by Leah Brammer on how to access great pianists through the web.
"Let's Listen to Classical Music", and article by Dr. Haruko Kataoka Sensei opens this edition followed by interesting insights by Karmalita Bawar of her first time in Japan. Next, Betsy Wieser of British Columbia relates her vivid impressions of her first experience attending the Matsumoto 2008 10-Piano Concert. Ten general guidelines are listed for Suzuki piano teachers and student to participate in the Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert in Sacramento, California, August 2009. Vicki Merley of Oro Valley, Arizona gives sound advice with her article "...when a host of difficulties comes and you refuse to give up in spite of all obstacles..." Barb Buffalo explains a "delightful and quirky " experience her and Vicki Merley had at the Onsen (Hot Spring). In conclusion Linda Nakagawa offers a very interesting and informative article "Can I Hear?" followed by a list of Piano Basics Foundation upcoming Workshops and Events and a list of changed members Email addresses.
This volume consists of two very important articles: the first entitled "Slouched Back!" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka Sensei and the second "Where to Study? How to Study?" by Karen Hagberg focusing on the qualities we want for our students - the ability to play with a "natural body, relaxed uninjured fingers, good posture, and musical tone". A list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events concludes this "Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation News".
Informative and interesting articles entitled "Different Ways of Thinking", by Haruko Kataoka, edited by Karen Hagberg; "How I Came to Suzuki", by Kay Koehler; "My First Piano Basics Workshop", by Suzanne Lichtenstein; "My Time in Rochester", by Marjorie Saviano; and "Our Trip to Rochester", by Sobia Mufti highlight this Piano Basic Foundation news. Inspirational experiences were related. Plus two February 2009 Suzuki Piano Basics Teacher Research Workshops with Keiko Ogiwara and Keiko Kawamura in California and Kentucky were announced, and a pre-registration list to register for the 2009 Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert in Davis, California was included. Concluding the Newsletter is a list of Piano Basics Foundation upcoming workshops and events.
In the first article, "To Nurture" by Haruko Kataoka, edited by Karen Hagberg, Dr. Kataoka shares wise advice on rearing children and the results of studying the Suzuki Piano Method in her closing address at the 10-Piano Concert in Matsumoto on November 16, 2003, two months before her death in January 2004. The second article, entitled "We Must Change Our Thinking: The Legacy of Haruko Kataoka", is the speech delivered by Karen Hagberg at the 20th Annual Conference of the Suzuki Association of Ontario Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, November 7, 2008, and relates the great truths contained in Dr. Kataoka's teaching with such sub titles as "Musical Talent is the Result of a Child's Environment", "Teachers can Learn from Our Students", "Provide Students with the Best Examples", "Build Ability Step-by-step with the Basics", and among others, "Teaching is a Full-time Job, and It is the Best Job in the World". Followed by a pre-registration form for the 2009 Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert in Davis, California is a list of upcoming Piano Basics Foundation workshops and events.
"Education?" is the title of the first article written by Haruko Kataoka and edited by Karen Hagberg. Observations are made between the differences observed in children in Japan who attend formal schools and those who don't. She emphasizes the importance of the type of influence children have had from their parents within the home environment. The second article is entitled "Children are Wonderful: every child grows up. How they turn out depends on the parents", by Dr. Kataoka and edited by Karen Hagberg. Reference is made to Seizo Azuma, one of her outstanding students, and how diligently he practiced for long hours at a very young age without even noticing it because of the disciplined environment in his home. As a result, "concentration, patience, and the ability to exert effort are developed", she said. The newsletter concludes with a list of the piano Basic Foundation upcoming workshops and events.
"Striving for First Class" by Haruko Kataoka, edited by Karen Hagberg, emphasizes the importance of striving for first class in the beginning of our study to assure the striving for first class in the advanced level. The 6th International Suzuki Piano Basics 10-Piano Concert in Sacramento, CA" is announced with a list of the program. Also announced is that Haruko Kataoka's recordings of Books 1-3 of the "Suzuki Piano Method" will remain on the market. A call is made by Karen Hagberg for writers to send their articles to her for the Newsletters. "Structuring a Pre-School Suzuki Piano Class: Solutions in My Studio, Part I" by Haruko Kataoka is a very informative and interesting article on how to begin the very young using introductory classes to prepare for private instruction. A list of the Piano Basics Foundation upcoming workshops and events and a list of Piano Basics Foundation Education Materials conclude this issue.
"Education Is Necessary for Children!" by Haruko Kataoka relates aspects of learning including the development of our heart, soul, and ability to love. Linda Nakagawa writes about the Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert in Sacramento, California August 10-15, 2009 emphasizing observation as an essential aspect of teaching the Suzuki Piano Method. Samuel Sugimoto, age 14, Suzuki piano student of Fumiko Kawasaki in Sunnyvale, CA shares his experience emphasizing the importance of repetition to create good results. The 10-piano concert of Matsumoto, Japan, Sunday, April 15, 2010 was announced followed by a list of Piano Basics Foundation upcoming workshops/events. Beautiful photos by Malinda Rawls and Kyle Kumasaki of Dr. Haruko Kataoka directing the 10-piano concert, the Matsumoto castle, and the 10-piano rehearsal in Harmony Hall in Matsumoto are displayed at the end of the Newsletter.
"Good Child, Bad Child" by Haruko Kataoka is an interesting article pointing out that a strong-willed energetic and even mischievous child can result in one who performs best in concerts. In "Piano Basics Teaching" Linda Nakagawa includes her memories of her first observation of Dr. Kataoka's Suzuki piano teachings with good insights about the teaching concepts followed by helpful ideas from Karen Hagberg in "Structuring a Pre-School Suzuki Piano Class: Solutions in My Studio, Part II". A list of Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events concludes this Volume.
This volume opens with"Amazing Power When We Decide to Take Action" by Haruko Kataoka emphasizing the importance having a concert for which to prepare stimulates extraordinary motivation. Next, in _Learning to Do My Best_Taj Costa, Suzuki piano student of Rita Burns in Carmichael, CA writes what it means to him to always do your best and what accomplishments that can result from this motivating desire. Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events are listed at the end followed by beautiful pictures in color by Kyle Kumasaki.
"How to Capture the Hearts of Children " fills this volume and is continued in the next two volumes. It contains the Introduction by Dr. Kazue Tinuama of the Tinuama Clinic, parent of a long time student in Dr. Kataoka's studio. It is a very interesting account of how Dr. Kataoka Sensei began her induction in the Suzuki Piano Method. Upcoming events and a welcome to new and returning members concludes this edition.
"How to Capture the Hearts of Children" is continued from Volume 14.6 by Haruko Kataoka emphasizing the importance of education in early childhood. Linda Nakagawa offers an article "It's My Responsibility" referring to the great value of demonstrating the piano basics in the student's classes enabling the students to turn them into abilities. The final message entitled "Water, Music and Us" by Aleli Tibay states the facts concerning the change of the molecular structure of water by the vibrations of music. Next, the program consisting of seventeen teachers from the U.S. and Canada and sixteen students from seven states performing in the Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert held Sunday, April 25, 2010 is listed including the guest performers. Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events and a list of the Suzuki Basics Foundation Officers and Board Members close the volume.
"How to Capture the Hearts of Children" (Part 3a of 3) by Haruko Kataoka is continued in this Volume followed by "New Found Career: The Call that Changed My Life" by Barbara Ray Francis, Brooklyn, New York , which explains how her search to find "something that would spark the interest of children and give them a connectedness to others" led her ultimately to Dr. Kataoka and the enrichment of her life and those of her students by teaching Suzuki Piano Basics. "Ability Development and the Growth Mindset" by Leah Brammer, Portola Valley, CA, blog from 2/14/2010 at www.coresuzukipiano.net concludes the volume reviews the types of mindsets about learning and writes "a growth mindset enables a person to continue to improve even after s/he is already one of the "best" in the field. Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events conclude the volume.
Part 3b of 3 of "How to Capture the Hearts of Children" by Haruko Kataoka continues reminding how important it is to raise children to be independent and self-reliant. "A Word to Parents & Teachers" by Keiko Ogiwara, a speech delivered after the Friendship Concert in Phoenix on Sunday, February 7, 2010 is included. The resignation of Cheryl Kraft was acknowledged by a tribute of appreciation to "Our Friend Cheryl Kraft" for the enormous and very important work she has done for the _Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation_. In conclusion is the list of Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events.
This Volume incorporates many experiences of participants at the 10 Piano Concert in Matsumoto 2010. Karmalita Bawar, Richmond, Virginia submits her account of her experience in Japan entitled "This Year in Matsumoto". Learning the basics and the value of the technique that is taught in the "Twinkles" is an unending process in the learning of all pieces. The Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation general membership meeting was announced. "Brooches" by Aleli Tibay, Laguna Niguel, CA reveals her impressions of the crafts displayed by her host mother in Japan, Kazua Kano, known as the 'queen of crafts.' "Yuko Mori" by Bruce Anderson, St. Petersburg Beach, FL unfolds the delights of Yuko Mori, a highly recognized violin instructor around the world who presented a Celebration Concert for fifty years of teaching. "A Big Surprise" by Suzanne Dixon, Asheville, North Carolina relates her appreciation in listening to rehearsals of Sonata, G major, Op. 49, no. 2, Tempo di Minuetto and Sonatina, F major, Allegro assai by Beethoven. Christine Albro, Cary, North Carolina writes an article called "Making Soba Noodles". Malinda Rawls is shown slicing the soba noodles. Then, in "Sad Goodbyes" by Ann Taylor, Tucson, Arizona many mixed feelings are expressed. "My Time in Japan" by Jason Li, age 13, student of Fumi Kawasaki, Sunnyvale, CA performed Beethoven's Sonata, Op. 49, no. 2, Tempo di Minuetto to reveals the importance of repetition for better tone, timing, and note accuracy. If they asked for 20 times, he did 50. Malinda Rawls presents an article entitled "Can We Fill These Shoes?" The participants had an opportunity to try on Dr. Kataoka's shoes, and keep the ones that fit. The final entry is "Paying Respects" by Christine Albro, Cary, North Carolina. Teachers always pay respect to Dr. Kataoka and visit to her grave. Many beautiful pictures in color are contained in this volume taken by Malinda Rawls, Aleli Tibay,Sophie Wong, and Christine Albro, Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events conclude the Volume.
"Tough Love" by Haruko Kataoka describes the need for children to be taught responsibility in order to succeed, and it is in the early years this is best achieved. "Greeting by Mrs. Keiko Ogiwara", translated by Haruko Sakakibara, is a speech delivered after the Friendship Concert in Sacramento on Sunday, February 7, 2010 relating the importance of practice exemplified in the teaching of Dr. Suzuki and Dr. Kataoka. An announcement is made of Ogiwara Sensei becoming an honorary member of the SPBF Board. Pam Fusselman of Omaga, Nebraska writes "August in Rochester" presenting her wonderful experience being in Rochester, attending the Suzuki Piano Basics Workshop directed by Karen Hagberg, and experiencing the work of the Japanese mentors. An announcement is made of "Deeply Discounted Suzuki Piano Basics Starter Packs". A teaching "Order of Pieces for Suzuki Piano Basics Method as taught by Dr. Haruko Kataoka and as presently taught by her followers in Japan" is printed in this Volume. "Standing Up to Students and Parents" by Karen Hagberg reminds teachers of the great importance to continually teach the Basics as was emphasized by Dr. Kataoka Sensei. A report follows of the Piano Basics Foundation General Membership Meeting, held in Louisville, Kentucky, July 23, 2010. In conclusion is a list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events.
Dr Haruko Kataoka's article "Basics" opens this Volume emphasizing the importance of securing the foundation in achieving any endeavor. She applies the simple skills that realize great benefits in learning to play the piano. The 2011 Sacramento 10-Piano Concert to be held on August 13, 2011 was announced followed by a list of Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events. Also, announced are "deeply discounted Suzuki Piano Basics Starter Packs."
"If We Do It, Then We Can Do It!", an article by Haruko Kataoka opens this edition emphasizing what we can do when we decide to do it and the joy that results from success. Subtitles include 'About Haruo Kataoka Sensei' relating the history of her Newsletters published in Japan since 1991 followed by 'Afterword By keiko Ogiwara relating an account of the 10-Piano Concert held in Sacramento, California last summer. In her article entitled "Teaching in the Present" Leah Brammer shares her experiences in instituting an on-line private access website for her students complete with an ongoing blog, videos, and Google calendar to enhance her studio lessons. The last article, "focus and Study" by Linda Nakagawa, is a reminder to teach with our "heart and body", practice and demonstrate our technique in each lesson, and continually study and grow. Concluding notes: an announcement of deeply discounted Suzuki Piano Basics Starter Packs; Changes in the directory; Annual dues reminder; Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events; and important information concerning the "Kataoka Memorial Fund" by Karen Hagberg, President
Dr. Haruko Kataoka explains in her article, _Joy of Music_ the great happiness music brings to human beings touching their hearts in all circumstances of life. Rita Burns of Carmichael, California writes in her article _Thoughts on Piano Research, Eat the Pizza and Read the Book_ about the great joy that can be experienced when teachers get together to share their ideas and skills enabling the students to grow and learn from them. _Studying at Piano Basics Workshops_ by Linda Nakagawa relates the importance of continually striving to create the most beautiful tone possible in order to teach the basics. Making music happen is the essence of the Piano Basics Workshops. Next, the pieces to be performed in the Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert in Mondavi Center for the Arts, Jackson Hall, Saturday, August 13, 2011 are listed. The final article, entitled _Some Things Are Learned Only by Repetition_, is presented by Karen Hagberg emphasizing how repetition is necessary to learn skills and the importance of attending workshops, researching with colleagues, and studying videos of lessons. A list of Piano Basics Foundation upcoming workshops/events and new members concludes this volume.
In the first article "Practice" (Part 1 of 2) Dr. Haruko Kataoka emphasizes the importance of quality practice establishing a strong piano basic foundation. Next, "A Greeting by Mrs. Keiko Ogiwara", translated by Teri Paradero, from a speech delivered after the Friendship Concert in Atlanta, Georgia on February 20, 2011. She emphasizes the necessity of ‘continuous patience’ in achievement of results in education. An article entitled “Isolated: Forced to Research on My Own” by Renee Eckis relates the value of ‘researching no matter what our circumstances’. An announcement of deeply discounted Suzuki Piano Basics Starter Packs was made in this Newsletter and “How I Use ‘Starter Packs’” by Karen Hagberg, which explains an excellent way to be sure everyone has the necessary materials before they begin lessons. Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events follow the concluding article "Where Is the Responsibility?" by Linda Nakagawa recounting valuable lessons she had with Dr. Haruko Kataoka teaching how to listen, teach, and create beautiful tone.
In the first article "Practice" (Part 2 of 2) Dr. Haruko Kataoka relates that motivation is the trigger to consistent and quality practice that emanates results, and while waiting on motivation, short right practice is the goal. Information regarding the 2011 Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert sponsored by the Suzuki Music Association of California-Sierra Branch Mondavi Center for the Arts, UC Davis, Davis, California Saturday, August 13, 2011 is included. Following is an article by Linda Nakagawa entitled “What Can Be Learned from a 10-Piano Concert. Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events conclude the Volume.
Dr. Haruko Kataoka relates the importance of establishing good posture from the beginning of music training and in all activities emphasizing the need for consistent reminders over many years in the first article: "Education and Ability". Next is a speech delivered at the Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert held in Davis, California, August 13, 2011 entitled: "Message from Ogiwara Sensei" translated by Haruko Sakakibara. Ogiwara Sensei compliments local piano teachers for their dedicated effort in the progress of the performance level of each 10-Piano Concert. Following is "Fund-Raising for Japan Relief": Updates in Sacramento and in Los Angeles are acknowledged and requests are made to help in this great effort. Marissa Ignacio and Betsy Wieser, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada discuss their "First 10-Piano Experience" and "My 2011 10-Piano Rehearsal Thoughts" respectively. "Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events" conclude this Newsletter.
"Invisible to the Eyes But More Important!" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka is an interesting article involving comparisons between the visible and invisible aspects of life. This lays the foundation for her next article, "Let’s Listen More to Our CDs" followed by "Wisdom from the Dalai Lama" by Karen Hagberg based on the values of teaching "warm-heartedness". February Workshops are announced including photos of the Japanese teachers, Keiko Kawamura Sensei and Keiko Ogiwara Sensei by Malinda Rawls. Beautiful words of "Wisdom from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki" and Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events conclude the Volume.
"To Encourage Motivation, Avoid Instant Gratification" and "My Treasure" from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 10, No. 12, May 10, 2001, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg are the first two articles in this volume. Karen Hagberg includes an article entitled "No Electronics in the Piano Studio," relating how important it is to be entirely present with children in their classes and activities. February and August workshops are announced featuring Japanese teachers, Keiko Ogiwara Sensei and Keiko Kawamura Sensei. Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation Educational Materials followed by Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation upcoming Workshop/Events conclude this Newsletter.
"Please Never Give Up!" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka Sensei opens this volume exemplifying the equality of learning easy and difficult pieces based on how well the basics are learned. "Time Is a Very Strange Phenomenon" by Dr. Kataoka follows where she shares her flight experience related to the perception of time. Keiko Ogiwara’s article, "Speech Delivered at Friendship Concert" on February 12, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona reminded us how important it is to remind children every day to practice. "Desire Becomes Reality" by Eloise Sanders, Greensboro, North Carolina is a very interesting article. "Next Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert Scheduled" by Karen Hagberg concludes the volume stating the anxiety the earthquake has caused for everyone, but the concert hall in Matsumoto is ready now for the next concert to be held Sunday, April 28, 2013.
Dr. Haruko Kataoka categorizes procedures for learning in various ratios of listening and practicing in her article entitled “Please Study!”. It is followed by “Reflecting on Linda Nakagawa’s Workshop” held in Rochester, N.Y., March 30 to April 1, 2012 by Elizabeth Sherk. Elizabeth makes the connection between Book 1 pieces and the more advanced pieces. The third article is “Jiro Dreams of Sushi: a Film Review” by Karen Hagberg reiterating the common ground of Sushi’s cooking and Suzuki Piano Basics techniques in perfecting small details to achieve mastery through repetition. A common thread runs through this Volume evidencing the great value of the Suzuki Piano Basic techniques.
Greetings by Haruko Kataoka taken from the Newsletter, Special Issue No. 16, February 1, 2012 is a reminder of the importance of the basics in piano development as it is in the establishment of kind social skills in children at an early age. This is followed by "First, the Greeting..." by Keiko Ogiwara from the same Newsletter. In the next article, "Piano Basics Come Alive at the Barrett Reston Suzuki Music Studio – Spring 2012" by Carolyn Barrett Carolyn relates that Piano Basics teaches how to make music happen, shows us what to listen for, and to keep practicing until it is achieved. "The Importance of Ready Position" from Carole Mayers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a beautiful explanation of how the “Ready Position” instills stillness and awareness in the pause, a necessary element in the successful achievement of all skills. Her article is taken from a CD entitled Reiki Meditations for Self-Healing, by Bronwen Stiene. Janet Miller, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania follows with an announcement of a discussion on National Public Radio with Thomas M. Sterner, author of a new book entitled The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life. A new column entitled "Overheard" consisting of questions and answers is included and open for your contributions. Professor Kenneth Wilburn announces the unveiling of the Kataoka Video Project on the Suzuki Piano Basics Web Site. The next Japan 10-Piano Concert is scheduled for April 28, 2013.
“Don’t Bang the Keys" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka is an outstanding article uniting the relaxation and balanced use of the entire body and beautiful natural tone production. Following the article are accounts of insights and happenings at Suzuki Piano Basic Foundation Events: “Keiko Ogiwara: Address after the International Friendship Concert;" “The Summer International Teacher Research Workshops: Impressions from Teachers in Attendance for the First Time;" and “August 2012 Piano Basics Workshops” by Linda Nakagawa. Current Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events to this Newsletter conclude the volume.
"Everyone Has Positive Qualities! Please Praise Them!" by Dr. Haruko Kataoka. Insights are noted into the harm a strong inferiority complex can bring to a child through grade and pace expectations on tests given in school. A note is included "Re: Kataoka Lesson Videos" by Kenneth Wilburn requesting videos to be sent for inclusion in the online library. "Recommended Recording for Books 4 and Higher" are listed next with pictures of the performers followed by "Reaping the Benefits of the Dress Rehearsal When You Cannot Have a Dress Rehearsal" by Karen Hagberg. Important tips are stated in preparation for recital performances. "Overheard" is a helpful insertion to the Newsletter followed by a list of upcoming workshops and events.
“Let’s Teach Hardship” by Dr. Haruko Kataoka Sensei is the first article exemplifying the benefits of being strict when teaching and parenting children in a nurturing and loving environment. Next is “Please Take Care of Your Own Body!” which raises awareness of body temperature in climate weather in relation to performance capability of musicians and dancers. The minutes to the Piano Basics Foundation General Meeting held June 18, 2012, followed by the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events, concludes this volume.
Dr. Haruko Kataoka’s article “Impressive versus Heartfelt” from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 9, February 1, 2000 opens this volume emphasizing the lasting presence of truly heartfelt-based music in contrast to left-brain knowledge-based lyrics. It is what touches the heart that is lasting in life. The Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert to be held April 28, 2013 was reviewed. Karen Hagberg submitted a beautiful article entitled “The Nature of Education (or: Why We Teachers Have the Best Job in the World)," reminding teachers of the great worthwhile work they do. The upcoming Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation General Membership Meeting will be scheduled during the Louisville Suzuki Piano Basics Institute, July 22-26, 2013. Workshops with teachers from Japan are announced. A list of Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation Educational Materials is listed, followed by the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events.
The first article is written by Dr. Haruko Kataoka entitled “Education Is Essential for Every Child” from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 3, August 1, 1999. She expresses the education one receives from birth to school age shapes the natural born abilities and characteristics within the child as he or she grows through life. An announcement concerning the 10-Piano Concert in Sacramento in August 2014 is made followed by “2013 Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert Reports from Students,” Julia Burns, 18, student of Rita Burns, Sacramento, California and Annie Uichanco, 15, student of Bruce Anderson, St. Petersburg Beach, FL. A “Blog from The Matsumoto 10-Piano Rehearsals April 20, 2013” by Ben Smith and one by Rae Kate Shen are included listing valuable Piano Basic practice techniques observed. Next, Linda Nakagawa shares “Thoughts” for performing in a 10-piano concert. After the “Overheard” section, Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events conclude the volume.
Dr. Haruko Kataoka’s article begins the volume with “Childhood Is the Most Important Time to Stock Up” from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 8, No. 5, October 5, 1998. She emphasizes with an illustration how important it is to have a good environment from childhood, where learning is established that lasts a lifetime. Following the “Overheard” section are “2013 Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert Reports from Students” and “Observations after the Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert," April 27, 2013. An interesting article, “Saying Farewell to a Long-Term Family” by Karen Hagberg, is next followed by “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events”.
The first article, “Specialist,” by Haruko Kataoka from the Newsletter, Special Issue No. 19, July 22, 2013, compares teaching music to growing rice. Next, several pictures reiterate special moments from the International Suzuki Piano Basics Teacher Research Workshop in Rochester, NY, August 4, 2013, following the address by Keiko Ogiwara after the International Friendship Concert in Rochester, NY, August 4, 2013, translated by Teri Paradero. “To Nurture Means....” by Keiko Ogiwra from the Newsletter, Special Issue No. 19, July 22, 2013, reminds one how music is a means of nurturing and developing human beings, just as caring for plants is the means to creating beautiful blooms when great care is applied to each one. The final article “Meditation on Tone” by Elizabeth Sherk from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, relates seven students' comments and discoveries on tone and how it is produced. A list of current Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events concludes the volume.
“Education in the Arts” by Haruko Kataoka from Newsletter, Special Issue No. 8, January 15, 2009 relates the different beliefs about the value of the arts in different countries. “Finding Solace and Encouragement in the Arts” by Kaoru Miyashita, Suzuki Piano Basics Teacher in Matsumoto, Japan, integrates music to one’s daily life. “Come to Phoenix Workshop 2014” welcomes everyone to attend, study with the Japanese teachers, and enjoy time together at the outside luncheon at the farm. “Now is the Time!” by Karen Hagberg, President of the Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation, encourages teachers to require 100% membership among their studio families. A list of those teachers will be included in the next Directory. A full page announcement of the Japanese Piano Basics Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, January 30-February 3, 2014 followed by “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events” concludes the volume.
“Sound of Piano Sound of Music” by Haruko Kataoka from the Special Issue No. 7 November 10, 2008 Newsletter is about the production of how musical sound versus noise is achieved. Keiko Ogiwara includes an article entitled “Students Need to Attend Good Concerts” from the same Newsletter emphasizing this importance and how sound can greatly impact how people feel. “Piano Basics Foundation–General Meeting July 22, 2013” contains the minutes taken at the Suzuki Piano Institute held in the University of Louisville. “The People of Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation”” and “Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation 2013 Annual Report, January 1, 2013 thru December 31, 2013” conclude the articles in this Volume. A list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events follows.
"Conviction, Basics, Every Single Day” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 9 No. 1, June 1,1999 exemplifies the achievements in baseball made from consistent practice over a long period of time. Linda Nakagawa announces there is an upcoming 10-piano concert under way in Sacramento, California in her article: “A New 10-Piano Concert: Please Join Us!” Dr. Kataoka reiterates “pure heart-to-heart communication through sound is what moves us to tears” in the next article, “Why Do I Feel So Moved?” from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter Vol. 9 No. 1, June 1, 1999. An invaluable article follows entitled: “Practice Tips from a Mom” by Sally Bacchetta (mother of Erin Bacchetta, age 9, student of Karen Hagberg, Rochester, New York). Included in this volume are two photos taken by Ken Matsuda at the Suzuki Piano Basics Teacher Workshops, February 2014. The concluding article, “The Problem of Students Who Learn Notes Quickly: Teaching Pieces Versus Teaching Abilities, Part II,” by Karen Hagberg gives great insights into these comparisons. A list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events follows.
Articles include: “Don’t Treat Them Like Babies: Let’s Honor Our Promises” and “Let’s Watch a Hundred Times a Year” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 9 No. 2, July 5, 1999; “Thoughts on Hosting Visiting Students” by Juliette Luong, parent in studio of Linda Nakagawa; “Why Go to Sacramento? International 10-Piano Concert, August 1-16, 2014” by Karen Hagberg; “2014 Sacramento International Suzuki Piano Basics 10-Piano Concert Program” which lists the pieces; “Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation General Membership Meeting 2014” is announced; and “In Search of Good Tone” by Linda Nakagawa”, followed by the “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events.”
Included in this volume are “Being Helpful to One Another in Everyday Life”, by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 9 No. 4, September 1, 1999 giving reference to this year’s 10-Piano Concert held abroad for the first time in Sacramento, California, followed by “Making a Difference Through Music by Kathie Sheeley, Atlanta, Georgia. Acknowledgement and congratulations to the 100% enrolled studios is made. Karen Hagberg provides a comprehensive article entitled “Listening: Foundation of the Suzuki Method” preceding a list of “Suggestions for Family Viewing/Listening”. A list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events concludes the Volume.
The volume begins with the article entitled “Even If It Is Not So Terribly Wrong, Don’t Do It”, by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 9 No. 6, November 1, 1999, edited by Karen Hagberg, bringing out the awareness of practicing techniques that accumulate over years. “Children Can Do Wonders,” a speech delivered at the Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert in Sacramento, California, August 16, 2014 by Keiko Ogiwara and edited by Karen Hagberg reiterates the many abilities children develop from participating in the 10-Piano Concerts. Nine pictures follow capturing the essence of the 8th 10-Piano Concert in Sacramento, California in August, 2014. “10-Piano Concert Center”, August 16, 2014, “10-Piano Reflections” written by 14-year-old Louis Laniak of Rochester, New York is followed by an article from his parents, Luisa and Andrew Laniak. They capture the excitement and joy of performing in a 10-Piano Concert. The final article is “Things I’ve Learned From the 8th 10-Piano Concert in Sacramento,” written by Linda Nakagawa. A list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events concludes the volume.
The first and second articles entitled “Unless We Change Our Attitude, Both in Belief and Action, Children Will Not Change for the Better” and “Posture!” are provided by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 8 No. 11, April 7, 1999, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero. A remarkable account follows, “Multi-Piano Benefit Concert Raises $15K for Local Organization” by Kipp Treu, submitted by Judy Wely of Campbell, California. Karen Hagberg empathizes the need to begin study on the best piano in her article, “Beginners Need the Best Piano.” Concluding this volume are instructions for viewing “Kataoka Sensei’s Lessons Available to Observe Online”, an announcement by Karen Hagberg, President of the Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation that now is the time for joining and renewing membership, and a reminder “Calling All Teachers & Families: Feedback, Please.” A list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events concludes the volume.
“As Much as Possible, Let Us Not Be Wasteful” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Special Issue, April 6, 2009, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero opens this volume where Dr. Kataoka compares the important similarities of not being wasteful in our body, arm, hand, and finger movements when playing the piano with not being wasteful in our every day life habits in the world. Next is an article entitled “Do not Dumb Down for Children” by Karen Hagberg relating the importance of treating children like adults when teaching them. The “Piano Basics Foundation – General Meeting” August 6, 2014, Ten Piano Concert, California State University Sacramento is outlined followed by a list of “The People of Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation” and “Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation 2014 Annual Report January 1, 2014 thru December 31, 2014”. A list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events concludes the Volume.
“Knowledge Versus Ability” by Haruko Kataoka from the Newsletter, Special Issue No. 21, December 1, 2014, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero, explains the relationship and distinct differences between learning through knowledge versus learning through ability, the way speech is learned. An article by Narumi Yoshida entitled “The Body Remembers!” gives an excellent example of how the body never forgets what has been repeated over and over. “Congratulations Teachers/Welcome Family Members*!” gives recognition and praise to those teachers who have given their families the opportunity to participate in family memberships. Teachers are encouraged to attend and bring students to the summer workshops listed in the article “Students and Teachers from Japan Return for Workshops this Summer”. “Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation: Announcement & General Membership Meeting” followed by a list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events concludes the Volume.
An inspiring and wonderful article, “10-Piano Concert 2015 Fresh Perspectives” by Karen Hagberg opens this Newsletter. “Matsumoto 10-Piano Concert: Reflections from a First-Timer” by Karen Huffman reflects on her impressions of the great experience derived from witnessing a 10-Piano Concert. Lastly, “Japan 10-Piano Concert 2015: Six American Students Visit Seinan Junior High School” by Benjamin P. Smith is an interesting and comprehensive account of his visit. Teachers are encouraged to study with teachers from Matsumoto in Rochester New York during July 31 - August 4 and Sacramento, California during August 8 - 12 and reminded that Kataoka Sensei’s lessons are available to observe online. In conclusion there is a list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events.
“Inconsequential, Yet Most Important” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 6 No. 12, May 1, 1997, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero, gives attention to the importance of the quality of one single tone and how each one progresses from one to the other creating a smooth legato sound. In “Learning by Observation” Karen Hagberg relates the advantages of the masterclass for the students who are observing and for the students taking the lessons in front of other students who are observing their lessons. Attention is given to Dr. Kataoka’s expanding and improving archive online and parents are encouraged to view lessons of the pieces their child is learning and to hear Dr. Kataoka’s lectures. Additional 30 videos with scripts of Dr. Haruko Kataoka's teaching instruction and lectures plus "Shinichi Suzuki Presentation: 'Children's Superior Ability' with Children Performing on Violin and Piano, mid-1980s" (translation from Japanese forthcoming) are ready to view online now on the SPBF mediasite, kindly hosted by East Carolina University. Linda Nakagawa reminds us of the importance of the environment in which we surround ourselves and our students is to the development of their and our full potential. Included in this Newsletter are “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events” and “Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation Educational Materials”.
Great attention is being brought to the body in the first article “The Body is Important” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Special Issue No. 22, June 30, 2015, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero. Inspired by watching the Olympics, perfect posture and balance can be a matter of life and death. “Thinking About How to Use the Body” by Keiko Ogiwara is another article from the same _Newsletter_ bringing attention to the necessity for maintaining a body free of tension in perfect balance in figure skating and playing the piano. Next, Keiko Ogiwara emphasized the importance of the basics and repeating the “Twinkles” in her speech at the conclusion of the International Friendship Concert, August 3, 2015, in Rochester, New York. Linda Nakagawa asks for the name, age, and polished piece of students wishing to perform in the Sacramento International Suzuki Piano Basics 10-Piano concert in 2016. Rae Kate Shen writes “How to Plan Your Way to a Teacher Research Workshop” in 10 Steps. Karen Hagberg includes an announcement entitled “Archival Suzuki Video Now Available” requesting that videos of Dr. Kataoka’s lessons be sent to Professor Kenneth Wilburn to be uploaded to the mediasite website. “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events” conclude the volume.
Article 1 is entitled ”Love Is...” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 5, October 9, 1997, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero. Dr. Kataoka gives a beautiful description of what love is and how it is applied to practicing the piano. Next, Huub de Leeuw in his article, “A Personal View on the Down and Up Movement in Piano Playing and the Effect of Limited Concepts,” opens the mind to a fresh new way of understanding and looking at the down/up practicing technique. Rita Burns shares her most important element in teaching in “What Should I Do Immediately After I Have Attended A Suzuki Piano Basic Workshop and Had A Lesson With One of the Japanese Teachers?” Included is a list of 9 excellent steps she takes to prepare for each lesson. An announcement of the “Proposed Scholarship Program for Teachers” followed by the “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events” conclude the volume.
In ”Diligence and Practice” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 8 No. 1, June 7, 1998, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero, Dr. Kataoka clearly points out the important relationship between how one practices and the tone they are achieving. In “Fetching Water at Four Years Old”, from the same Matsumoto Newsletter, Dr. Kataoka demonstrates that being strict is fine as long as it is done with love and love is shown to the child. Linda Nakagawa invites all to attend the 9th 10-Piano Concert for the Piano Basics membership to be held in Sacramento, California on August 14, 2016. Many values can be attained by attending this great two-week event in its entirety. It will be truly an exhilarating and exciting experience for all who attend. A request is made by Professor Kenneth Wilburn for old videos of Dr. Kataoka’s lessons to be sent to him to be digitalized and preserved on the website, if you would like to donate them. Next, The Piano Basics Foundation – General Meeting July 20, 2015 at Suzuki Piano Institute, University of Louisville is outlined and The People of Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation are listed followed by the Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation 2014 Annual Report, January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, submitted by Linda Nakagawa, Treasurer. In conclusion, the “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events” has been updated.
”Work Akin to Watering A Desert” by Haruko Kataoka from the Newsletter, Special Issue No. 18, October 29, 2012, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero is a wonderful article on relating the two in our work and upbringing. “Don’t Give Up. Let’s Keep Repeating” by Narumi Yoshida reminds us of how years of repeating brings results at different times of our lives. “Raising wonderful Human Beings Through Music” is an inspiring speech by Keiko Ogiwara Sensei delivered at workshops in Phoenix, Arizona and Orange County, California, February 2016. “Reality of New Scholarship Program Depends on All of Us!” by Hannah Hall, Board Member of the Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation, announced the launching of the Kataoka Research Scholarship Program. Following a membership 2016 dues reminder is the list of the “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events”.
”Nature versus Convenience: Which One is Important?" by Haruko Kataoka from the Newsletter, Vol. 7 No. 6, November 8, 1997, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero gives us many things to ponder in our convenient society versus a natural way of living. Followed by an update/reminder about the Kataoka Research Scholarship is an article entitled “The Miracle of Book 1” by Devrey Cunningham emphasizing the great skills and values attained in Book 1 of the Suzuki Piano Literature. “Everyone Needs Good Coaching” by Linda Nakagawa reiterates the tremendous values and benefits from continuous coaching we receive from our mentors from Japan and our teachers demonstrating beautiful tone. Following is the Program for the Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert in the Sacramento Convention Center, Sunday, August 14, 2 p.m. A notice of the General Membership Meeting 2016 and a Note from the President concludes the Volume closing with the list of the “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events”.
”What Dr. Shinichi Suzuki Taught Us” and “Everyone Please Take Care of Your Posture” by Haruko Kataoka from the Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 10, March 3, 1998, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero, highlights the essential core of Dr. Suzuki’s teaching and brings attention to the benefits achieved from giving attention to maintaining good posture. “The Importance of Taking Your Time” by Karmalita Bawar heightens the values of being attentive to the little things. “International Suzuki Piano Basics 10-Piano Concert in Matsumoto, Japan” is announced to be held April 30, 2017. “Calling for Scholarship Applications!” announces details for attending 2017 events. “Dr. Kataoka’s Humor,” a reminiscence submitted by Malinda Rawls, shows a glimpse of Dr. Kataoka’s humor. “New Members/New Opportunities!” by Karen Hagberg encourages teachers to observe the Japanese teachers in the two 10-Piano Concerts in Sacramento and in Japan, and four upcoming workshops, two in February and two in August. “Expectations: a Note to Parents” by Laura Kauppi relates the importance of keeping expectations consistence with the children’s specific abilities at specific times. “Moving, Cleaning, and Downsizing” is a request for videos of lessons with Dr. Kataoka that can be digitalized, saved on the internet for future study, and stopped from deterioration. In conclusion is a list of the “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events."
”The First Experience Is the Most Important in Everything” by Haruko Kataoka from the Newsletter, Vol. 6 No. 4, September 25, 1996, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg tells of Dr. Kataoka Sensei’s first experiences with the Suzuki Piano Method and their effectiveness. Keiko Ogiwara follows with “What Learning the Basics can Accomplish” translated by Harako Sakakibara and edited by Karen Hagberg. Ten pictures are included taken from the International Suzuki Piano Basics 10-Piano Concert held August 14, 2016 in the Sacramento Community Center Theater. Kea Aliakbar, age 19, presents “How to Hit a Hammer” relating keyboard technique to playing a harp. The final article is “Opportunities are Very Rare” by Linda Nakagawa emphasizing the value and rarity of piano ensemble performances. A list of the “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Event concludes the Volume.
“The First Experience is the Most Important in Everything!” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 5, October 28, 1996, edited by Karen Hagberg and translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero is a follow up of the 21.5 Newsletter emphasizing the importance of the beginning steps in any endeavor. “Let’s Learn Piano!” from the same Matsumoto Newsletter emphasizes the far reaching aspects of learning the beginning steps thoroughly. “So Few Places to Learn These Values” is the title of a speech delivered by Ann Taylor at the banquet following the Suzuki Piano Basics International 10-Piano Concert, in Sacramento, California, August 14, 2016. Ann lists the great values the Suzuki Method teaches and expresses her appreciation for the opportunities available for learning them. Next, the first recipient of the Kataoka Research Scholarship was announced. The final article is “Using Twinkles and Down/Ups to Full Advantage” by Teri Paradero where she clearly states the beginning procedure for implementing the invaluable Suzuki piano teaching techniques in sequence for effective results. Following a membership 2016 dues reminder is the list of the “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events”.
”Knowledge Versus Character” is explored followed by “What’s Happening? ”Bullying in Schools” by Haruko Kataoka from the Newsletter, Vol. 5 No. 11, April 25, 1996, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg. “Patience” by Linda Nakagawa emphasizes it’s great importance in teaching the development of ability. “Kataoka Research Scholarship: Planning for 2018”, “Piano Basics Foundation – General Meeting” August 3, 2016 in Sacramento, California”, “Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation: The People”, and “Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation 2016 Annual Report” January 1, 2016 through January 10, 2017 are included followed by “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events”.
”Being Able to Recognize the Beautiful as Beautiful” and “Adults Can Be Nurtured Too!” are articles by Haruko Kataoka from the Newsletter, Vol. 6 No. 6, November 18, 1996, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg. They emphasize the positive effects of embracing the beautiful and positive side of life. The next article announced the “August 2017 Piano Basics Workshop in the City of Brotherly Love”. Christine Darling includes “Learning How to Live” sharing her learning experience at the Orange County Suzuki Piano Basics Workshop, February, 2017. Following that are pictures taken at the Piano Basics Workshop in Orange County, California, February 2017. “Making Things Possible That Were Not Possible Before” by Renee Eckis encourages teachers and students to continually grow in teaching and learning. “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events” concludes the volume.
”To Nurture” by Haruko Karaoke from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 2, July 24, 1995, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg. “Patience” by Linda Nakagawa emphasizes its great importance in teaching the development of ability. “Kataoka Research Scholarship: Planning for 2018”, “Piano Basics Foundation – General Meeting” August 3, 2016 in Sacramento, California”, “Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation: The People”, and “Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation 2016 Annual Report,” January 1, 2016 through January 10, 2017 are included followed by “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events”.
“Legato: Let’s Play the Piano the Way We Walk” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, December 17, 1993, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg is a great analogy for piano technique. Following is “New Membership Renewal Guidelines”, the announcement of the Bert Mayers Memorial Fund, and “Does a Clean Piano Have Better Tone: Or…Do you Wash Your Hands Before or After Playing Your Instrument?” by Karen Hagberg. The original version was published in Matsumoto News, Volume 1, no. 1. Piano Basics Foundation (current) "Upcoming Workshops/Events” close the Newsletter. See the complete list on the Workshops page of the Suzuki Piano Basics website.
“The Ability to Pay Attention” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, December 16, 1996, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg describes successful practice techniques. “The Purpose of Talent Education”, a speech by Ogiwara Sensei delivered at Philadelphia and Sacramento workshops, August 2017 translated by Chisa Aoki, Teri Paradero and Haruko Sakakibara emphasizes the encouragement of good practice resulting in the joy of successful performances. Next, an announcement: “Extended Scholarship Application Date Aids Early Planners”. Karen Hagberg clarifies Kataoka-Sensei’s teachings on reading in the final article “On Reading Music,” original version published in Matsumoto News, Volume 1, No. 2. Piano Basics Foundation (current) Upcoming Workshops/Events” close the Newsletter. See the complete list on the Events page of the Suzuki Piano Basics website.
"Hardship!” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 11, April, 1997. The article exemplifies the value of having hardships in our lives. A “To the Editor” question and response follows addressing the recent newsletter article “On Reading Music” by Karen Hagberg. Next is a reminder for parents and teachers requesting workshop teaching videos of Haruko Kataoka to be sent in for digitalization. “Choosing a Teacher” by Karen Hagberg, original version published in Matsumoto News, Volume 1, No. 3, January 1989 precludes a list of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events.
“I Can Read Music” (Part 1 of 3) by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 5, October 22, 1992, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg is followed by “On Patience” by Karen Hagberg. Other articles include: A “New Year’s Message from Board Chair”; “Piano Basics Foundation – General Meeting,” August 13, 2017, Sacramento, California; “Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation: The People”; “Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation 2017 Annual Report,” January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017; and an excerpt called “My Studio Values Family Memberships” by Connie Snyder. “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events” conclude the Volume.
“I Can Read Music” (Part 2 of 3) by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 6, November 1992, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg is followed by “Ogiwara Sensei’s Speech at the Friendship Concert”, Phoenix, Arizona, February 18, 2018. Articles entitled “Never Too Old to Learn Something New” by Vicki Merley and “We Can Take the Torment Out of Music Study” by Karen Hagberg precede “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events” conclude the volume.
“I Can Read Music” (Part 3 of 3)” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 7, December 1992, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg includes a list of the important reading basics. "If You Can Play Book I, You Can Play Anything: First Thoughts on Research,” by Karen Hagberg follows. Next, Linda Nakagawa includes “Piano Basics are Learned in Book One” to be continued and the final article, “You're Invited: 10-Piano Concert in Matsumoto” gives relevant information on attendance followed by “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events.”
“Let’s be Friends with Mozart” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 7, December 18, 1992, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg addresses bullying and finding solace in great music artists. A comprehensive article by Karen Hagberg, “A Piano Teacher Teaches How to Play the Piano” with subtitles: “Be a Piano Teacher not a Music History, Piano Literature, a Performance Practice, a Music Editing, a Music Theory, or a Form and Analysis Teacher” and a list of current “Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events” conclude Volume 23.4.
“Heart to Heart” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 7, January 1, 1998, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg shows amazing experiences come when children communicate from heart to heart through the art of learning music. “Sacramento Workshop August 2018 Speech Delivered by Ogiwara Sensei,” translated by Haruko Sakakibara and edited by Karen Hagberg notes a beautiful personality is nurtured when teachers lovingly ask for the repetitions needed to learn the skill. Linda Nakagawa in “Learn the Basics” relates the importance of teaching the basics in playing the piano repeatedly, and not just playing the notes. “More on Reading” by Karen Hagberg in the June 1989 Matsumoto News emphasizes the difference between sight-reading and reading as Dr. Haruko Kataoka teaches it. “Upcoming Workshops/Events” conclude the volume.
Articles in Volume 23.6 include: “Let’s Practice” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, January 22, 1992, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero and edited by Karen Hagberg encouraging effective practice techniques; “Greetings from Orange County in California” announcing they are hosting the Japanese Teachers for a Piano Basics Workshop February 14-18, 2019; “Suzuki Piano Basics Crossword Challenge”; “Practicing Can Be Dangerous” by Karen Hagberg from Matsumoto News, July 1989 explaining the importance of practicing without creating injury to the fingers, hand, and body, and creating the best tone possible from the beginning of learning a piece; the section "Upcoming Workshops/Events” closes the Newsletter. See the complete list on the Events page by clicking on "Workshops" at the top of this page.
“Please Teach How to Practice” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 5, October 6, 2003, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero, and edited by Karen Hagberg is an explanatory article on why piano students develop irreversible bad habits in relation to their beginning practice habits and teachings. Piano practice is compared to cooking and sports. All students, not just those born with musical talent, can develop their ability if good practice habits are established. Notes from the editor on “Kataoka Sensei’s Teaching Video Website Redesign” followed by Scholarship deadline information for the August 2019 Suzuki Piano Basic Teacher Research Institute in Sacramento, California are included. The minutes from “Piano Basics Foundation - General Meeting August 3, 2018” Louisville, Kentucky, “Suzuki Piano Foundation 2018 Annual Report, January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018”, and “Suzuki Piano Foundation: The People” plus a welcome of new family members (listed in the hard copy) follow. The newsletter ends with “Upcoming Workshops/Events” and a Suzuki Piano Basics Crossword Challenge.
“Natural and Unnatural” by Haruko Kataoka from the Matsumoto Suzuki Piano Newsletter, Vol. 12, No. 5, October 7, 2002, translated by Chisa Aoki and Teri Paradero, and edited by Karen Hagberg is a remarkable article emphasizing the importance of performing piano and everyday tasks with natural body awareness. Children’s memory recall is evident in “Children are Wonderful! 'Isn’t it strange? I could play it right away'”. A picture follows of Piano Basic Workshop participants in Orange County, California, February 2019. The volume concludes with Karen Hagberg’s article from Matsumoto News, Vol. 2, no. 1, August 1989, “More on Practicing,” emphasizing Sensei’s wise and highly effective practice techniques repeating small sections slowly and diligently. The final page is a listing of the Piano Basics Foundation Upcoming Workshops/Events.
Suzuki-L: Selected Postings
The archives of the postings of Suzuki-L subscribers discussing the pedagogy of Drs. Haruko Kataoka and Shinichi Suzuki are presented here. Volume One dates from 10 February 2003 through 15 March 2006. Volume Two continues between 16 March 2006 through 23 January 2008. To view the archives you must subscribe to Suzuki-L. Subscribing to Suzuki-L is free. To do so, email your name, city, country and whether you are a teacher, parent or friend of Suzuki to Kenneth Wilburn: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are already a subscriber and have forgotten your password, email Kenneth Wilburn at the same address.
Significantly expanded from the brief bibliography posted to Suzuki-L on 28 February 2003, this full bibliography and thesis summary provide evidence of the effectiveness of Suzuki pedagogy.
A series of postings discussing the efficacy of the bow between teacher and student at the beginning and the end of Suzuki piano lessons.
This presentation, which examines the relationship between Suzuki pedagogy and the concept of "Dou" or "The Way," was presented to the European Suzuki Association, 20 September 2002, in London, England.
Suzuki, Piano, and Music Links
The AASPA was formed by parents and teachers of Suzuki piano students to promote education, service and communication among Suzuki supporters. The Association promotes principles of the Suzuki method of education as set forth by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.
Contains writings on Suzuki and education, and a video library of Suzuki students over 20 years.
This Canadian Suzuki association coordinates, supports, and publicizes Suzuki events in Calgary; promotes Suzuki teaching, training and education of teachers, parents, students and the general public; encourages the highest standards of excellence in teaching and playing; and acts as a forum for communication among teachers.
Provides a directory of links to over 2800 free downloads of classical performances on the internet, sorted by composer and work.
Country Piano specializes in high quality piano restorations and offers for sale some of the world's finest Steinway restored pianos.
The ESA web site is maintained by Birte Kelly in East Bergholt, Suffolk, England. A wonderful section of the ESA's web site is the National Associations section listing links to some 20 Suzuki organizations worldwide.
In Rochester, New York, Karen Hagberg seeks "to unlock the potential in every child for a lifelong love and appreciation of fine music and all that is beautiful in life; to nurture the ability to play the piano with freedom and the most natural technique; and to develop among our students the qualities of confidence, concentration, persistence, determination, and self-control.
This global association oversees the Suzuki Regional Associations. Also listed are the members of each regional organization on the Suzuki Piano Committee.
A memorial page dedicated to Dr. Haruko Kataoka.
The home page for Kawai in the Americas: Product description, technical information and a brief company history are provided.
This terrific web site is a broad, annotated list of music hyperlinks for students, parents, and educators. Topics include music education, classical music, the piano, and popular music.
This list conveniently gives the US telephone numbers of some 85 piano manufacturers and distributors.
Adjustable footrests for children. Made on a computer-controlled router.
Created by Suzuki parents, these adjustable footrests provide support for the young Suzuki student.
Maintained by Ronald Lee Berry and the Piano Technicians Guild, this web site contains music resources, classical music sites, music software, and technical data.
Here you can access Kathie Sheeley's web page for her teaching studio.
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the studio of Pamela Smith offers the pedagogy of Suzuki Piano Basics.
Steinway's home page gives the New York company a lovely presence in cyberspace.
The St. Louis Suzuki Piano Teacher's Association web site has been created to enhance communication and learning among piano teachers who follow the teachings of Shinichi Suzuki and Haruko Kataoka.
Here is regional Suzuki association for North and South America, the Suzuki Association of the Americas web site. A selection of Shinichi Suzuki's SAS-published essays are archived here.
The mission statement of the SAU: "United in our purpose of nurturing children and families through music, we are dedicated to developing beautiful hearts and individual abilities for the enrichment of their world."
Richard Coff, trained by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, offers the Suzuki Method to students in South Florida.
The web site of the Orange County, California branch of the Suzuki world contains a synopsis of the Suzuki Method and the Suzuki Code of Ethics.
The Suzuki Music Association of California Los Angeles Branch is a nonprofit organization of Suzuki teachers and families in the Los Angeles region who support and promote the principles and ideals of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Our goal is to enhance the musical education of our student and teacher members by sponsoring programs, performance opportunities, and continued pedagogical training to create a supportive Suzuki community in the greater Los Angeles area.
Teresa Conkel's studio web site in Arlington, Texas, USA
Bruce Boiney's studio home page, Louisville, Kentucky.
Cori Westcott's Suzuki Piano Studio, located in the suburb of Ballwin, St. Louis, Missouri
Founded by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, the Talent Education Research Institute continues to develop the Suzuki Method. Included in the English section of the web site are a helpful local History and an account of the Suzuki Method's Global Expansion.
The home page for Yamaha Pianos.
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How to Teach Beginners
Suzuki Piano Method: Reconciliation of Published Editions, Book 1 and Book 2
Kenneth Wilburn, web editor, is the Suzuki Dad of Kenny (Book 2) and Shelly (Book 4). Shelly is now in graduate school at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Kenny entered East Carolina University in the fall of 2012. See Photos of Shelly and Gretchen Lindeblad (1996), Dr. Haruko Kataoka (1996), and Suzuki Friends (1998).
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