INTRODUCTION Japanese Professor Shinicho Suzuki has been internationally successful in teaching the youngest of children to play a musical instrument.
GV Ingolstadt. (2 SHOTS)
SV Professor Suzuki demonstrates his method of violin playing surrounded by children in the Suzuki Institute.
SV PAN OF Audience.
SV Child playing violin, PAN TO audience watching. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN PULL BACK GV ZOOM INTO SV Children playing violins.
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Background: INTRODUCTION Japanese Professor Shinicho Suzuki has been internationally successful in teaching the youngest of children to play a musical instrument. At an institute recently opened at Ingolstadt in southern Germany, his theory is being demonstrated. He contends that if infants can be taught their native language they can also learn to play a violin, for example, at the same age. Under Professor Suzuki's tuition it's not unusual for a child to start playing a musical instrument from the age of two.
SYNOPSIS: The new music school in Ingolstadt is the first in Europe to specialise in the Suzuki method. Professor Suzuki is now 82 years old and finds as much enjoyment as ever in working with children. The number of students now learning under his system is estimated at 300,000. Some of them are in this audience listening to the professor explaining and demonstrating his technique.
Eight year-old Gabrielle is playing a Vivaldi concerto, not perfectly but with surprisingly expert fingering.
In a public concert the little musicians of Ingolstadt show how well they're doing. Forty-four of them are being trained here in the Suzuki method.
Professor Suzuki believes that two year-old children can begin to learn playing a musical instrument in small steps through repetition and imitation. The institute also provides violin teachers with advanced training in the Suzuki method.
With Professor Suzuki's method, exceptional musical talents can be discovered early in young children because they have developed in a world of music and musicians.