QUOTE(pop @ Mar 8 2012, 04:10 PM)
Hey, I know two teachers. One is a licensed Suzuki teacher and she just uses one Suzuki text book. Another teacher is a regular teacher but she teaches by the Suzuki method too. She uses two text books, however. So, I wonder whether it is necessary to use two text books to teacher the cello by the Suzuki method or one Suzuki text book is sufficient. I prefer a cello teacher to answer this question and explain why?
Well, I'm not a cello teacher, but being slightly acquainted with the Suzuki method, I might be able to give you one possible reason why.
The Suzuki method is taught by ear for the first few books' worth. So you get the basics of your cello technique and your musicianship without having to learn the reading of the notes as well. Instead you are required to do a lot of listening. Normally the Suzuki beginner is a young child, but older pupils have started as well.
Now, this means that you don't read music for a while, so it doesn't matter if the pieces you begin on are tricky to read
, as long as they are easy enough to play
. They aren't the same thing.
In Britain a child is likely to be getting involved in musical activities with other people at an earlier stage than Suzuki originally envisged, and would therefore be required to read the music at an earlier stage. My daughters' own Suzuki violin teacher used to start them readng about two books earlier than recommended, although they weren't reading the Suzuki pieces.
Probably a teacher who is teaching Suzuki and anothr book as well is trying to teach the techniques and tone production the Suzuki way, but also having a book of easy-to read
pieces as well, so that the reading can begin in a simple way, but not from the Suzuki pieces.
Does this make sense?