I’m Not a Musician!… how do I help my child?

Sometimes parents are not sure how to help their child if they have never played a musical instrument themselves. The Suzuki philosophy utilizes a lot of parent involvement, so how will you help them with something you don’t know?! Luckily everyone gets a learning experience when we take Suzuki music lessons. It’s not nearly as scary as it may seem. You’ll find out that it starts from the very beginning! However, if your child is older, the same principles apply and many of the same connections can be made. Connecting with your child is at the heart of learning. Happy …

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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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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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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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Build Your Practice Toolbox

Do you ever feel scattered during practice? Does not having the right materials waste practice time? Today we are going to organize your practice environment and go over what tools you need at your fingertips. No matter what age of your child, it’s important to have a practice toolbox. When they are young, you are modeling how to keep your important tools in place. When they are older, you’ll just be helping them create and maintain their toolbox. What do I mean by toolbox? I’m simply talking about a basket or box where you keep any of the things that …

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Game Board Practice

Today we are using game boards in our practice. Watch the video! I’m using the Chutes and Ladders board, but Candy Land would also work well. Get creative and you can convert almost any game into something you can use for practice. This can quickly go down the rabbit hole of complicated. If that’s something you enjoy, embrace it and delve deep. However, it doesn’t have to be that way and today we are going to focus on 3 simple ways you can use these tools for practice. Count the Number of Tasks You Do This is simple. For each …

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100 Day Practice Challenge – Sign Ups Here!

It’s here! The 100 Day Practice Challenge Course is ready for you to sign up. Sign ups are available from now until January 20, 2019, so get your spot now. ETA: Signups are done, but you can be alerted for the the next 100 Day Practice Challenge. Have you participated in a 100 day practice challenge before? Has it been intimidating? What do you do about sickness? What if we forget a day? What if we travel during our 100 day practice time? Let’s talk about this and how to make a 100 day practice a successful experience. I’ve been …

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