Wartberg, Kerstin: “The Philosophical Foundation of the Suzuki Method”

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Wartberg, Kerstin: “The Philosophical Foundation of the Suzuki Method”

Part II: “Back to the Roots”

The philosophical foundation of the Suzuki method is closely related to some aspects of the philosophy of nature which is concerned with understanding the underlying principles of all processes in nature and in all creation. Here, Suzuki formed his personal ideas about the meaning and purpose of life. He applied his conclusions to the subjects of Education and Art and developed his teaching method. This aims at giving an opportunity to teachers, parents and children to experience daily their own process of growing and maturing, thereby playing themselves an active part.
 
Kerstin Wartberg
Director of the German Suzuki Institute, violin pedagogue, Suzuki teacher trainer, and author.

Kerstin Wartberg received her professional musical education at the conservatory (Musikhochschule) of Cologne and graduated there with violin performance and teaching degrees. After her graduation in Germany she went to Japan for two years where she was the first German to study at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. She graduated in 1981.In 1982 she became and still is the director of the teacher training program at the German Suzuki Institute.

She regularly organizes workshops, training courses and concerts. In 1987, she was the Director of the 8th Suzuki Method International Conference at the International Congress Center Berlin with about 4000 active participants from more than 32 different countries. Kerstin Wartberg works in Europe as an examiner for Suzuki teacher training examinations. She is Professor of Music Education at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt (University of Frankfurt) where she teaches instrumental music education and string pedagogy. She gets invited regularly to teach and lecture at different universities, conservatories, European conferences, workshops and festivals.

She is the author of several teaching books and CDs as well as the Step by Step series of violin exercise books with companion CDs, published by Alfred Publishing and Recital Training, published by Edition Peters. These series based on Dr. Suzuki’s Method were drafted by Kerstin Wartberg at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, between 1981 and 1986, approved by Dr. Suzuki and tested by numerous Suzuki teachers, their students, and parents.

They represent a source of Suzuki’s instrumental concepts as well as specific instructions concerning the individual pieces, both in written and audio form. Many of the publications are available in German, English, French and Spanish.