‘Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens, noble human beings.’ – Dr. Shinichi Suzuki
After visiting Educators’ Trust India in 2011 I was determined to return as a volunteer. During the course of the year we established a link between them and our Suzuki group through fundraising at our concerts and collections of second-hand clothing to donate when I visited. I then went back for a month this Easter.
When I arrived in Goa I was told by everyone at Educators’ Trust that since I was a ‘music teacher’ I should teach the children music. I was very apprehensive about this as I was worried I didn’t have suitable classroom music teaching skills, I teach the violin! I also wondered what I could teach them that would be ‘of use’ in the long-term. But then I remembered that the philosophy behind Suzuki’s instrumental teaching…
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