How to Find the Suzuki Teacher that is Just Right for You

You know you want to start lessons, but how do you choose a teacher? If you are lucky enough to have several Suzuki teachers in your area, you may be wondering how to choose your teacher. Here are a few tips for finding one that is the right fit for your family. Check Training When talking to Suzuki teachers, see if they have registered training with the Suzuki association. Teachers can call themselves Suzuki teachers without having done any training! Suzuki teachers are dedicated to learning their craft of teaching. It is part of the culture that Suzuki teachers are …

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Where Is the Green Sheep: Musical Reads

Where Is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Judy Horacek Learn how to use musical elements with your voice to keep this book interesting and engaging. This is one of my favorite books! Get the book! (affiliate links) English version: English and Spanish version: Green Sheep!: Thanks for joining me on this Adventure in Suzuki Parenting and happy reading!

The Magic of ONE Thing

Does your child seem overwhelmed when practicing? Have you tried your child’s instrument and realized just how many things they need to keep track of while playing? It’s a lot! Let’s talk over how to choose just one thing! Empathy of Complexity Have you played a musical instrument before? If not, take a second to try your child’s assignment. There are so many things to think about! You’ll notice that as soon as you start thinking about one thing, another thing will get off. Now imagine how this might be if you are a child. If you have played an …

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Teens: How to Handle Mistakes

You’re teen is in the other room and you can hear their practice. Today, it’s particularly bad! These aren’t the skills you spent years trying to cultivate! It’s sloppy! They aren’t going back and fixing things. Your teen is just…. running through! You know if you approach them about it you’ll stir up more conflict. Let’s talk about some ways that will get the best results. Every parent child relationship is unique so don’t try to compare your practice relationship with other families. If you get a lot of conflict when you make practice suggestions, you are not alone! Teens …

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Is My Child Bored?

Is My Child Bored? I’ve seen this before where a child doesn’t seem engaged in the music and the parent wonders if the child is bored. Maybe we need to move on? Many times the word bored is used synonymously with dislike…  Let’s talk about how we can find true boredom and how we can avoid it all together.  Your child is playing their piece and they don’t seem to be focused at all. In fact, they are looking around, scratching an itch and getting easily distracted. Is this boredom? I would argue that while maybe this looks like boredom …

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Count to 10 with a Mouse: Musical Reads

Today we are reading Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Kirsten Richards. This is Musical Reads. ETA: When I made this video I didn’t realize how expensive this has become! Keep an eye out for used copies. Add it to your library: This book has a familiar tune and will keep your child engaged with fun illustrations and a loveable mouse. Thanks for joining me on this Adventure in Suzuki Parenting and happy reading!

The BEST Time of Day to Practice

Is your child irritable for practice sessions? Are they tired or cranky? The time of day may be a factor in why you are getting less cooperation. What is the best time of day to practice? The short answer to this is that I don’t know what the best time of day to practice is! It varies so much from family to family. Let’s talk over options and make sure that you are really choosing the time that will work best for you. Morning Many of my families find the most success in the morning. If this is a possibility …

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What To Expect at Suzuki Institute

Thinking about going to Suzuki Institute over the summer? Want to know what to expect? Suzuki music camps are a unique special experience.  What makes Suzuki Institute unique? Suzuki camp isn’t like your typical day camp. Like everything with the Suzuki philosophy, it is meant to be something you do with your child. You’ll get the opportunity to attend, observe, and watch your child grow over the week.  Is it too much for a young child? The short answer is no! Suzuki teachers are well acquainted with what is appropriate for different ages. Many of the teachers at Suzuki institutes …

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Character First

“Character First, Ability Second” ~Dr. Shinichi Suzuki One of the things that makes the Suzuki philosophy truly unique is its emphasis on Character First. This is another episode of the Suzuki Essentials series. I’m going to be honest. This is one of the reasons that I was drawn to the Suzuki philosophy. My own history is that I didn’t learn to play from a Suzuki teacher. But as a university student studying the Suzuki philosophy I saw the benefits to have parental involvement. Nurtured by Love was the thing that stood out to me. After many years of teaching violin, …

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My Child Won’t Let Me Help

Your child is playing, you see that finger going in the wrong place. Your teacher has specifically asked you to work on that. You go to try and correct or help your child, but they just get angry and won’t let you help. How will this ever work? What to do when your child won’t let you help. I think every Suzuki parent has this experience, so the first thing I want to say is YOU ARE NOT ALONE. For whatever reason, this is one of those things that parents feel is only their child. It’s easy to look over …

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