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Friday, April 1, 2011

Every Child Can - The Truth About Talent

As a Japanese violinist studying in Germany, Dr. Suzuki struggled to learn a language so complex and so different from his own. He realized however, that German children all learn to speak German, and do so with joy and success. The same, of course, is true of children in all cultures.

It's for that reason that Suzuki teachers operate under the belief that Every Child Can learn to play an instrument. Contrary to popular belief, talent is not a gift - a birthright - that some people have and others don't. After all most of us are talented talkers, walkers, readers, drivers - the list goes on. These are all incredibly complex abilities that took an incredible amount of effort to learn, but we have practiced so much and so effectively that we don't even think of them as being remotely difficult. Talent is grown. It's a skill (or set of skills) that has to be cultivated, and can be nurtured in anyone.

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