Suzuki Resources in Indonesia
Where to find Suzuki Method Programs and trained Suzuki teachers in Indonesia?
The following schools and locations are running Suzuki Method programs with trained teachers.
Schools: Sekolah Pelita Harapan
Lippo Village, Kemang Village, Pluit Village
Tangerang, West Java: Community Music Center
Jl. Kalimantan 62 Ruko Plaza Espana
North Lippo Village
Tangerang 15139 INDONESIA
Phone: (62) 021-55722239
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to find good quality small size violins and accessories in Indonesia
The Community Music Center (CMC) sells the Fine Instrument brand, which is an Eastman, violin set up exclusively for SMAI members. CMC donates a percentage of all sales to SMAI. Strings, fine tuners, rosin, bridges, shoulder rests and other accessories can also be purchased at CMC.
We help and encourage the resale of used Fine Instruments through our members network. This is a good way to ensure that once you buy a small sized instrument you can get some return for the next sized instrument. Additionally we offer maintenance and repair of Fine Instruments from our dealer in Singapore on a regular basis.
Where can I purchase a violin and accessories?
Student violins are usually packaged together with a bow, rosin and a case. A good quality beginner instrument that has been ‘set up’ can cost up to $500 USD. Good brands include Eastman (available in Indonesia) Gliga, Ragetti, Suzuki, St. Antonio and Kreisler. Violins generally come in the following sizes: 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and 4/4 (full size). Children in their early teens are usually big enough to play a full size violin. Good advice is crucial for fitting the right size for the child, and they should be present when purchasing the instrument. Successful learning at the early stages is dependent on the correct sized violin.
Why can’t I just buy a cheap violin?
Children deserve a good reliable instrument so they have the best chance at making a beautiful sound. Poor quality instruments not only produce an unpleasant tone but also quickly go out of tune, as the pegs often do not fit correctly. Additionally the ‘set up’ of the bridge and fingerboard may be out imbalanced and make the instrument difficult to play.
A decent quality violin will have good strings (Pirastro ‘Piranito’, Thomastik ‘Dominant’ brands), a functioning peg box (the strings should not touch one another), pegs that fit, the bridge cut and set up with even spacing for the strings, a smooth fingerboard, fine tuners (especially important for beginners), the sound post and nut adjusted. A good bow will have quality horsehair, with proper weight and strength so that it doesn’t warp.
What else do I need besides a violin?
Equally important as the violin is to have the appropriate resources which include:
- A shaped sponge with two strong flat rubber bands for young children or
- A shoulder rest (Kun or Wolf brands are recommended)
- Shinichi Suzuki ‘Nurtured by Love’ Alfred publishing company
- Suzuki Violin volume 1 book
- Suzuki Violin volume 1 CD
- A violin tuner or pitch pipe to help tune the violin
- A music stand
- A spare set of strings for those unexpected breakages
Where can I purchase these items?
At the House of Piano in Darmawangsa Square and at the Sekolah Pelita Harapan – Lippo Village Bookstore you can find the Eastman brand starter kit for a very reasonable starting price of approximately Rp. 2,000,000 for all sizes. Experience has shown this brand to have a reasonably good quality and set up for the price.
Forte Music supplies all of the Alfred Suzuki Materials in Indonesia. Items not immediately in stock can be ordered.
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Community Music Center (CMC)
Jl. Kalimantan 62 Ruko Plaza Espana
North Lippo Village Tangerang 15811
About Dr. Shinichi Suzuki: The Story of Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998)
Shinichi Suzuki was born in Nagoya, Japan in October 1898. He was one of seven children who grew up working and playing at his father’s violin factory. At the age of 17, Suzuki taught himself to play the violin, after being inspired by a recording of Mischa Elman. He never attained formal education in Japan past high school. Suzuki’s father also never allowed him to pursue his career as a performer, so, without access to professional music education, Suzuki listened to recordings and tried to imitate what he heard.
At the age of 22, a family friend persuaded his father to allow him seek out his education in Germany. Suzuki soon became a musician and his European training included eight years of study with Karl Klingler of Berlin. While in Germany, Suzuki met and married his wife, Waltraud. In addition, he spent several years under the guardianship of Albert Einstein.
During World War II, his father’s violin factory was bombed by American war planes and left his family poor. Touched by the suffering and privation of Japanese children as a result of World War II, Suzuki was moved to contribute to the renewal of hope and courage. He decided to devote his life to the youngsters of Japan who needed attention and opportunity for creative activity.
Suzuki has been described as a humanitarian as well as an educator and musician. As a young man, Suzuki observed that children all over the world speak their native language fluently. This led him to adapt his way of teaching music to the same approach to speaking a language, now called the Mother Tongue Approach. Every child can learn to perform music just as he/she can learn to speak, provided they are in the right environment.
Shinichi Suzuki passed away at his home in Matsumoto, Japan on January 26,1998. Even today, Shinichi Suzuki is known throughout the world as the founder of the Talent Education Movement. This movement is especially renowned in its success in the music education of very young children by bringing them to a high degree of proficiency on a string instrument, especially the violin.
Suzuki calls his method the ‘Mother Tongue’ method as he compares music learning with a child’s amazing capacity to learn to speak a language fluently. By duplicating the environment of language learning for music the process is natural, enjoyable and rewarding. Parents and teachers work together toward the goal of developing a high ability in children in music. Music is also like language in that it helps children develop their full potential.
The Five Conditions for Ability Development
An Early Start: From the moment of birth the ear is fully developed. At two years the child imitates anything, and has tremendous powers of observation. The brain is ready to be trained to learn the different tasks of each hand in music-making. The child is willing to please the parents who can give much assistance.
A Superior Environment: a deep love of music can begin at the moment of birth through listening to classical music. A positive learning relationship with a family member ensures that learning follows the path set by the teacher.
A Commitment to Practice: repetition and consistency of learning can happen only with daily practice. ‘You don’t have to practice on the days you don’t eat!’ is a favorite quote of Shinichi Suzuki.
A Superior Instructor: teachers must be learners. Regular teacher training, practice of the instrument and a deep understanding of the Suzuki philosophy is essential.
A Thorough Teaching Method: A step-by-step mastery approach is the key for every child to learn and succeed. Parents and teachers should never hurry and never tire in mastering the small steps that lead to a solid technical and musical foundation.