November 9, 2000,
Suzuki's QChord Digital SongCard Guitar received recognition as
an outstanding educational product for children with two awards
at this year's international conference of the NAEYC (National Association
for the Education of Young Children).
The 12th annual Early Childhood
News Awards honored the QChord with both a Directors'
Choice Award, and a special Judges'
Selection Award. With an attendance of over 20,000, the NAEYC
conference represents the largest annual gathering of child care
providers. Regarding the Judges' Selection award, Judith McGuinn,
Publisher of "Early Childhood News" explained:
"We have created the 'Judges' Selection' to single out unusual
or outstanding products. We want to continue to recognize many
excellent products with Directors' Choice Awards, but we also
wanted our judges to be able to identify a smaller group of products
for special attention".
Abe Thomas, Director of QChord E-Business, accepted the awards
on behalf of Suzuki Corporation:
"We are most pleased that Early Childhood News' distinguished
panel of judges has found the QChord worthy of these honors. It
confirms our experience over the years with the many educators
and musical therapists who have found the QChord (and its predecessor,
the OmniChord) uniquely suitable for their work."
Mr. Thomas also remarked:
"There is simply no other musical instrument available that
offers such instant and wide-ranging access to the world of musical
performance and creativity. QChord's advanced digital technology
eliminates the "clinker" stage that discourages so many from achieving
sufficient mastery of other instruments to experience the educational
and therapeutic benefits of musicianship.
The QChord enables almost anyone, regardless of their age or
physical limitations, to immediately express themselves musically
- and sound professional doing it. At the same time, its many
advanced features can accommodate whatever level of musical knowledge
and proficiency to which the user may aspire."
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