050 TSP What’s Love Got to Do With It?

When asked, “Why do you teach?” Dr. Suzuki answered: “First for the love of the child; second, for the love of teaching the child; and third for the love of the music that is taught the child, but the child always comes first.”

What does this answer mean? What is the importance of love when teaching or raising children? This episode looks at this issue and discusses the influence and responsibility that parents have to teach and role model this important idea to their children.

In the episode, I mentioned additional resources on this topic. Here are some affiliate links to those resources for further information and discussion. You are never under an obligation to buy anything, but if you do use the links below, the podcast and blog may receive a small benefit at no additional cost to you, which helps to support the work of the podcast and blog.


Ability Development From Age Zero by Shinichi Suzuki (Kindle version)

Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki (Kindle version)

Nurtured by Love DVD (Suzuki Association of the Americas)

The Message by Eugene H. Peterson

The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm (Kindle version)

A Theory of Human Motivation by Abraham H. Maslow (Kindle edition, Hierarchy of Human Needs)

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman (Kindle version)

If you have questions or answers or you would like to comment or leave me a voice mail, you can do so at (512) 537-6356. If you would like to send me an email, you may do so at paula@teachsuzuki.com. I welcome comments and questions about this episode and am interested in hearing about the perspective of other parents and teachers.

You may find more information and useful articles on my blog at: http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

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Author: Paula Bird

I am a professional violinist, university teacher, and private instructor with training in the Suzuki Method of Talent Education. I have decades of experience as a teacher and am willing to share my knowledge with parents and teachers of children who are learning music using the Suzuki Method.

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