From the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and hosted by Margaret Watts Romney, Building Noble Hearts is a podcast exploring the learning environments in which children, parents, and teachers gain new knowledge and are encouraged to become fine individuals. Based on commentary and interviews with members of the teaching community inspired by humanitarian violinist Shinichi Suzuki, we examine themes of good teaching everywhere such as listening, community, creativity, and more.
"I Get to Bring Them In" - Season 2, Episode 4
What is community? How do you find it? Join it? Build it? It’s more than just showing up to a bake sale with brownies from a box, then taking off (though I’ve done this many times). Is it bowling clubs…
Practicing Can Be Hard - Season 2, Episode 3
Music practice has its highs and lows. Sometimes we reach a state of bliss and flow as we find the perfect balance of competence, challenge, and creativity with our instrument. Or, sometimes we can feel like Sisyphus; over and over…
Greater Than We Would Be on Our Own - Season 2 Episode 2
Margaret Watts Romney: Gail Johansen and Daniela Gongora are both violinists and teachers, but they’ve made music in vastly different areas.
Gail Johansen lives in Fairbanks, Alaska…
Gail Johansen: Right now since it is almost the winter solstice, we have less…
"We're All Performers of One Kind or Another" - Season 2, Episode1
Welcome back to season two of Building Noble Hearts. I’m Margaret Watts Romney. Here, we take a look at the learning environments in which children, parents, and teachers gain new knowledge, and are also encouraged to become fine individuals. Throughout…
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Welcome back to season two of Building Noble Hearts, I’m Margaret Watts Romney. Since the ending of season one last fall, we have loved hearing…
Matsumoto Memoir - Sarah Hersh
We are dipping back to a series of recordings - interviews made a number of years ago with people who studied with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan in decades past. In their voices, hear their curiosity and admiration as they remember their experiences. Also, you can hear the inspiration, wisdom, and gratitude that they’ve kept with them since they left.
We’ve heard similar stories from Winifred Crock, Helen Higa, and Mark Bjork about their time studying in Matsumoto with Shinichi Suzuki.
So while we are working on the full episodes for Season Two, we will occasionally release these Matsumoto Memoires: simple storytelling, straight from the people who were there... Lightly edited for clarity, without narration.
Our story starts in the 70’s, in Ohio where Sarah Hersh was studying music. She loved playing violin, was curious about teaching, and happened to have a lucky locker assignment. Welcome to this Matsumoto Memoir from Sarah Hersh.
Interesting and gorgeous to listen to!
Interesting, engaging, and insightful!
I just listened to every episode! The length of each episode is perfect and are on a variety of Suzuki topics. I loved the Matsumoto episodes!