There’s no need to reinvent the wheel! Learn what habits families cultivate in order find success in the Suzuki philosophy.
Take Notes During Lessons
Have a practice notebook that you write down notes during the lesson. The obvious reason is so that you can remember everything you need to do during the week. Many teachers are not only encouraging note taking, but audio or video recording as well.
Remember that nothing is too small to write down. You may also want to write down the way your teacher says something or the language that is being used. Using the same language can keep things consistent between home practice and lessons.
I feel like routine is mentioned in almost every video I make. It really is such an important element to finding success in practice. Routine makes anything that you do everyday easier. Not only with fitting in practice, but how you do the practice. Do you do the same order of operations every practice? With young children, this can set up a clear expectation and make it much easier to get through tasks. Talk to your teacher about what they are expecting with routine. I’m sure they will have some good suggestions.
Attend Group Class
Group class is such a huge part of motivation. Not every teacher offers group class, but if they do, take advantage of this great opportunity. Music is a social activity and those social experience can often be drivers for the practice at home. In my experience, the students who attend group are the ones that stick with it.
I have a video that is specifically on Practice Recitals. This is when you do small performances for family and friends. This regular practice makes performance much easier and is a great way to share the gift of music.
Listen to Your Recording and Beyond!
Listening to your recording everyday is such a cornerstone of the Suzuki philosophy that you’ve heard this before. However, you can also be listening to pieces beyond the book you are currently in. Jump ahead a few books and add a piece that will be in your future. Or try something else that isn’t in the Suzuki repertoire at all. Talk to you teacher about what might be a good fit for your child.
Attend Live Performance
Nothing can substitute the energy and inspiration for live performance. No matter what age your child is, take advantage of age appropriate performances. If your child is young, seek out performances during the summer that are often family friendly. If your child is older, make a goal of going to a live performance every quarter or more.
Be a Part of the Larger Suzuki Community
Your teacher is part of a larger Suzuki community and you can be too! Attend group class, local play-ins or summer institutes to connect your child with other musicians. This is a fantastic way for your child to feel ownership over what they are accomplishing.
Thanks for joining me on this Adventure in Suzuki Parenting and happy practicing!