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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. 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


Ms. Kiefer is a registered Suzuki Association of the Americas Teacher of both violin and viola. She holds a Master of Music in Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois where she was a graduate teaching assistant to Suzuki pioneer Mr. John Kendall. Ms. Kiefer enjoyed challenging graduate independent studies and pedagogy with Professor Kendall and Carol Smith. Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz Professor of Music Education at Rowan University, directed Kiefer's thesis from Philadelphia, PA. 

Ms. Kiefer holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning her Pennsylvania board certification as a K-12 upper strings specialist. Ms. Kiefer studied viola with Philadelphia Orchestra member Leonard Mogill and Curtis alumni Edward Gazouleas and Australian violin and violist soloist Geoffrey Michaels at Temple University. Ms. Kiefer was introduced to the Suzuki Method while at Temple University, taking credited Suzuki pedagogy courses with Ms. Linda Wear Fiore. 

Carol Gwen Kiefer sits on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association. Ms. Kiefer 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 inform her teaching with new ideas and current research to engage her students with the wider Suzuki community. Through her ongoing work she is certain that, "Every Child Can Be Educated" it all depends on us.

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

This is where its emotional impact comes in... Bach, Mozart, Beethoven - without exception they live clearly and palpably in their music, and speak forcefully to us, purifying us, refining us, and awakening in us the highest joy and emotion."

--Shinichi Suzuki

Ms. Kiefer's students have gone on to attend Rutgers University, Brown University, Smith College, Muhlenberg College, Johnson and Wales University, Johns Hopkins University, The United States Naval Academy, Georgetown University, among many others, pursuing rigorous academic studies while preserving love of music, violin and viola playing throughout their college years and beyond. 

Washington Crossing Violin & Viola Studio Bucks County, Pennsylvania


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