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The International Suzuki Voice Committee has decided 2013 that until we have publication avaiable Suzuki Voice Volumes and materials are available only to accredited Suzuki Voice Teachers and also accepted Suzuki Voice Teacher-in-trainings.

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Volume 1 (Author Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki)

Folk songs predominantly accompanied by piano (or guitar or harp) with the piano (or guitar or harp) doubling the melody line. Appropriate to young children’s interests, the songs are about animals and daily activities. These songs are learned in the child’s native language first. Volume 1 also includes parents songs. Understanding child development is important in order to support the personal development of each child and awaken a love of music through singing. In Volume 1 we encourage a child to use her / his voice and begin to sing. The emphasis is on singing everyday, developing a natural voice, listening and supporting linguistic ability. This is not a pre-instrumental class but one which focuses on learning voice as an instrument. However musical ability is created and therefore many students readily take up other instruments as well. Volume 1 is for 0-3-year-olds Suzuki Voice Students.

 

Volume 2 (Authors Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki and Mette Heikkinen)

More folk songs accompanied by piano or guitar or harp. Languages and part singing in canon and harmony are introduced. For the very young children, the teacher or parent may sing a duet part but older children can sing these together.

The first eleven songs of Volume 2 are more difficult than simple melodies in Volume One. Volume Two songs # 1—11 have many verses and the range of the songs is wider than in Volume One. In Volume Two students learn more languages: English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Also Volume One songs are repeated in different languages. Through singing and songs the students and teachers are able to learn from other countries and to understand more about different cultures and languages.

Part singing in canon and harmony are introduced in certain pieces. Each song presents a new skill in singing, which is studied with the teacher. The songs in the volume are the basic material. When the child is able to sing them very well they feel successful. This feeling of accomplishment fosters the child's self-confidence and courage in using his own voice.

The goal of the Suzuki Voice Program is to create a love of singing while enriching children with the skills and ability to sing well. This includes daily singing, natural development of the singing voice, increasing the significance of singing and listening and training clear articulation and verbal skills. The child is encouraged to develop self-confidence and perseverance, concentration and good social skills when working with others. Volume 2 is for 4-6-year-olds Suzuki Voice Students.

 

Volume 3 (Author Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki)

Volume Three has been designed for ages 7-10. It introduces short songs by well-known composers, history and styles. Volume Three songs are always sung in their original languages when Suzuki Voice students meet and sing together. Although not published in this volume, children may study and sing any of these songs in their native language. These versions can be shared with others at Suzuki events. Some songs have alternative texts for young children. The songs are accompanied by a piano or instrumental group. The goal is to introduce children to classical singing with beautiful tone and vocal technique. The songs in the volume are the basic material. When the child is able to sing them very well they feel successful. This feeling of accomplishment builds the child's self-confidence and encourages them to use their own voice more.

At this stage, the child's vocal skills have been established and reading skills are introduced. Listening is still a key component of the Suzuki Voice Program but attention is also placed on the written music and background of the songs.

The goal of the Suzuki Voice Program is to create a love of singing while enriching children with the skills and ability to sing well. This includes daily singing, natural development of the singing voice, increasing the significance of singing and listening and training clear articulation and verbal skills. The child is encouraged to develop self- confidence and perseverance, concentration and good social skills when working with others 

Level Four: Song list (selected books)

The main focus is on songs from around the world and art songs of the student’s own country. Antiche arias and Vaccai Vocalises are introduced and lieder and art songs of well-known composers are included in the list. This level is longer than the others and continues into the student’s teenage years. The level is achieved by performing one individual recital and two “Youth” recitals.

Level Five: Song list (selected books)

A more specialised focus on the repertoire including art songs from other countries (the main ones where Suzuki Voice is taught) and the opportunity to study and perform an operatic or musical role (e.g. Hänsel und Gretel in German, El Gato con Botas in Spanish). 

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki, author of Volume 1 - 3 (1988 in Sweden)

Engelbert Humperdick "Hänsel und Gretel" -opera 2002 in German - Suzuki Voice 15th Anniversary production

Xavier Montsalvatge "El Gato con Botas" -opera in Spanish 2005

There are no exams for students in Suzuki Voice Program – the reward of learning is learning itself and the experience of performing for others from an early age (book recitals at the completion of each book level, graduation recital, performances for family and friends, teachers’ recitals, Suzuki Association concerts, Suzuki workshops, festival, conventions – performing together and learning from visiting teachers). There are five exams for teachers. One exam level takes about 1-2 years.

 
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