Adaptation of the Suzuki violin method in three community music programmes in South Africa
The purpose of this multisite case study is to explore how four violin teachers have adapted the Suzuki violin method in three community music programmes in South Africa, namely in Atteridgeville, Cape Town and Grahamstown. The four teachers, who have done Suzuki teacher training through the South Africa Suzuki Association, teach the violin in three community music programmes using the Suzuki method at least once a week. This study follows a multisite case study design and through cross-case analysis the following themes emerged regarding the adaptation of the Suzuki method in the three community music programmes: 1. Roles of stakeholders, 2. Contextual challenges and 3. Striving for the optimal learning environment. These themes will be linked to the literature on community music and culturally responsive teaching. This research will explore the possible transferability of the Suzuki method to other contexts. Music educators could also benefit from this research by noticing the importance of adapting our teaching methods to meet the needs of our students and communities.
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