Washington Crossing Violin & Viola Studio: Carol Gwen Kiefer

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Washington Crossing Violin & Viola Studio: Carol Gwen Kiefer

“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 when the Japanese people were devastated by nuclear war, Suzuki initiated an educational system for children that he had been nurturing since the 1930's. 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

Education

Carol Gwen Kiefer is a registered Suzuki Association of the Americas teacher in both violin and viola. She holds a Master of Music in Education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1993) and served as a graduate teaching assistant to the Suzuki outreach program. At SIUE, Ms. Kiefer completed violin studies and pedagogy with Professor John D. Kendall, and pedagogy with Carol Smith. In addition, she 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 the Philadelphia, PA (2000). 

Ms. Kiefer holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she earned her Pennsylvania 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 Kiefer is an active member of the Greater Philadelphia Suzuki Association. She has organized and directed play-ins, master classes, workshops, recitals, and professional development courses for the GPSA. With 30+ years of Suzuki teaching experience she has a unique understanding of the method, philosophy and its implementation. 

Ms. Kiefer collaborates with her colleagues at GPSA and the Suzuki Association of the Americas in her ongoing commitment to Talent education. Her teaching inspires and engages her students at Washington Crossing Violin & Viola Studio as well as in the wider Suzuki community. 

"Every Child Can Be Educated" - Shinichi Suzuki

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

Carol Kiefer's students have pursued baccalaureates in a variety of fields at distinguished institutions of higher education including; Rutgers University, NJ; Temple University, PA; College of Brown University, RI; Smith College, MA; Johns Hopkins, MD; The United States Naval Academy, MD; Georgetown University, D.C. 

 
 

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