Teachers College Alumnus John D. Kendall, Early Suzuki Method Advocate, Dies at 93

| January 26, 2011

We are saddened to announce alumnus of Teachers College and advocate for the early Suzuki Method, John D. Kendall, died on January 6, 2011 at the age of 93.

John D. Kendall introduced Americans to the Suzuki Method in the early 1960’s. He was one of the first Western teachers to spend months in Japan to observe Shinichi Suzuki’s method of teaching first hand. By introducing the Suzuki method, he transformed the way Americans taught stringed instruments to children.

On January 23rd, Margalit Fox from The New York Times published the announcement of John D. Kendall’s death with a short synopsis of Kendall’s life and accomplishments. Included are synopses of his education and advocacy for music education, along with links to the Suzuki Association of the Americas, a sizing chart for Suzuki violin, viola, and cello, a link to purchase Kendall’s memoirs from his visit to Japan and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

To read this article, please click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/24/arts/music/24kendall.html?_r=1&emc=eta1