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“Our purpose does not lie in a movement to create professional musicians, but to create persons of a beautiful mind and fine ability. We engage in human education through music so that children will grow with beautiful and high sensitivity, through an unparalleled, uniquely musical approach.”

—Shinichi Suzuki (Where Love Is Deep)

Dr. Suzuki

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki - a German-trained violinist - began teaching children the violin in Japan after the Second World War using a system he had been nurturing over the previous ten years. Suzuki opened the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Nagoya, Japan implementing an educational concept and philosophy that he termed the “mother tongue" method due to its basis in language development.

It is not the aim of Talent Education to produce concert artists, but rather to produce well-adjusted, self-disciplined people with highly developed abilities. Creating an environment conducive to developing children’s abilities is not a chance happening. Because the mother tongue approach uses games to instruct and emphasizes an environment free of anger and stress it can, however, be misunderstood by parents and music educators. Suzuki Talent Education is a serious approach to music study. Daily quality time between parent and child and a commitment to doing one’s best are the goals.

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Professor John Kendall


Carol Gwen Kiefer is a registered Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher in both violin (levels 1-8) and viola (levels 1-3). She holds a Master of Music in Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1993) and served as a graduate teaching assistant to Suzuki pioneer John Kendall. At SIUE Ms. Kiefer completed violin studies and pedagogy with Professor Kendall, pedagogy with teacher trainer Carol Smith and, additionally, collaborated with a host of graduate teaching assistants and faculty from around the world. Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz, former professor of music education at Rowan University, directed Kiefer's thesis from Philadelphia, PA (2000). 

Ms. Kiefer holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she earned her Pennsylvania board teaching certification. She studied viola with Leonard Mogill, Edward Gazouleas, and Geoffrey Michaels, chamber music with Helen Kwalwasser and Hirofumi Kano at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. Kiefer was introduced to the Suzuki Method while at Temple University, taking credited Suzuki pedagogy courses Foundations 1A, 1B, & 2 with Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher trainer, Linda Wear Fiore. 

Carol is secretary and board member of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association. She has organized and directed play-ins, master classes, workshops, recitals, and professional development courses with the GPSA.

Ms. Kiefer collaborates with her colleagues in GPSA and the Suzuki Association of the Americas to challenge her understanding of teaching, and its current theories and practices. Her teaching inspires and engages her students and the wider Suzuki community in Dr. Suzuki's method and Talent Education philosophy. 

"Every Child Can Be Educated" (Suzuki), it depends on us.

"Music is a language that goes beyond speech and letters - a living art that is almost mystical."

--Shinichi Suzuki

Carol's students have gone on to pursue baccalaureates in a variety of fields at Rutgers University, College of Brown University, Smith College,  Johns Hopkins, The United States Naval Academy, and Georgetown University -among others- holding their love of learning and music throughout their college years and beyond. 

Washington Crossing Violin & Viola Studio in lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania


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