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Ability Development from Age Zero (Suzuki Method International) Paperback – 1 Feb 1981

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Summy Birchard Inc.,U.S. (Feb. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874875803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874875805
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Alfred Music Publishing is the world-s largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. Alfred-s home office is located in Los Angeles with domestic offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world, including Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. In addition to its own titles, Alfred distributes products from over 50 companies, including Belwin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Dover Publications, DW Drums, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Kalmus, National Guitar Workshop, Penguin, TASCAM, Ultimate Support, and WEA. Alfred Music Publishing is the world-s largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level.

Recommended for parents of Suzuki Method- students. In this sequel to Nurtured by Love, Dr. Suzuki states that "the fate of the child is in the hands of his parents." With this book he shows how to create a warm environment which will encourage any child to become a happy, loving and talented human being.


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I bought this book to educate myself on the Suzuki Method for teaching music and ended up getting a lot of life lessons and principles to live by especially with regards to raising and socializing children.

The salient points that I am left with are that children are a product of their environment,the fate of children lies in the hands of their parents and that talent is not inbred but nurtured.

Since reading this book I have become more aware of my own actions and how they influence my kids.

An important book to read even before having children.
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Wow! After having read this book, I am truly becoming a better parent and person. Suzuki gives practical sound advice on how to improve yourself and live a beautiful life. I was surprised to get so much out of a book that I thought was going to talk about teaching music to a child. Instead, it changed my life.
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Bit Tatty but is a lovely book for anyone interested in education.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanations for parents who may have learned by traditional ... 3 Aug. 2016
By Marg-Gram - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a must for any parent starting a child in the Suzuki method. Excellent explanations for parents who may have learned by traditional methods when they were children. Dr. Suzuki's approach is different. His approach is that a child can learn to play a musical instrument like the child learns to speak the native language: by repetition, encouragement from the parent with the parent being the "home teacher" and doing what the teacher has done in lessons. Therefore, the child begins by learning the music by rote memorization in the first book ....I call it "copy cat" and we make a game of that learning. Memory is developed and serves the child well as he/she ages in school and into the adult world. Hand position, sound production are also developed. This book prepares the parent to expect to wait to learn to read notes/rhythms/ etc. as in traditional methods until later in the lessons. Reading comes, but it is delayed until the basic touches, memory, etc. are developed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read for new parents, early childhood educators 17 Sept. 2016
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This book is a rare and genius insight into the learning potential of a child- from newborn on up. I loved this because for one ; it's not an encyclopedia. It's totally readable- it's in layman's terms. It is written in a personal style, not a dry textbook anonymous prose but very personal. I can tell that Mr. Suzuki is passionate about his work to the extent that he would probably have done it even if he never earned a cent. There are some absolutely fascinating concepts introduced in this work that most people have never heard of, but to a parent is valuable information in the shaping of a child's mind. Highly recommended for child development studies and early childhood educators, but most importantly, parents who wish to encourage their child's growth in any one particular direction- or in many. Right up there with Maria Montessori.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Mar. 2017
By mommy_of_3 - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Suzuki's perspective about children. It really helps me see my child more clearly and more lovingly.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read 5 April 2013
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I always thought "Suzuki Method" was merely for music students. This is a fantastic parenting book. I am sure I will read it over and over as my children grow. The anecdotal voice of the book makes it a breeze to get through, and a pleasure. The only book I think even more highly of is "Nurtured by Love", the second book I read by Suzuki. The information is so basic and obvious, yet completely transcendental. He is a beautiful, clear writer, and has amassed a huge following for a reason. Beautiful person, beautiful books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, although weaker than "Nurtured by Love" 20 Jan. 2003
By Gene Zafrin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is similar in message to Suzuki's earlier book, "Nurtured by love". Suzuki-humanist and philosopher is more evident here than in that other book. Praise from the parent, developing child's concentration and setting fun tasks that can be accomplished are some of advises on rearing children. Suzuki strongly believes that the real education is at home and therefore advocates for parents' self-reflecting: you reap what you saw, therefore you should strive to be a fine person yourself to raise fine children.
As in "Nurtured by love", some of the life philosophy sounds a bit out of place: "act quickly on what you think", while an excellent advice, should have been tied in with the rest of the book. The same goes for other maxims, such as "do not cheat yourself". Both "Nurtured by Love" and "Ability Development" suffer from the lack of directed studies and critical analysis of much that Suzuki postulates. Intuitively though, his theories sound very appealing, while the great optimism and love for children shine through the imperfections of the books.
The book reads like a somewhat watered-down version of "Nurtured by Love", which I would recommend instead of this one.
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