100 Day Practice Challenge

ETA: Sign ups are done for 2019. Please subscribe to the email list below to be alerted for the next Practice Challenge! I’m so excited to begin the new year with big goals. Have you ever participated in an online group challenge? Almost every year I’ve enjoyed challenging myself while connecting to people online. As I was thinking about the new year, a 100 day practice challenge felt like just the right way to start 2019. Ready to Sign Up? We start January 7, 2019 so mark your calendars. We’re going to be doing some great things with our 100 Day Practice Challenge. Here are some of things you have to look forward to. Exclusive Facebook Group to connect with other …

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Teens: What Do Parents Do During the Lesson?

You’ve made it! You have a responsible practicing teen that only needs occasional reminders. So why does the teacher encourage you to keep coming to the lesson and what are you going to do while you are there? Your roll as Suzuki parent has changed quite a bit over the years. You’ve gone from practice partner to practice supporter. You no longer have to worry about them rolling on the floor during lesson or dropping the violin because of distraction. However, you still have an important roll towards the development of your child. Watch the video here: I want to …

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Do I have to keep listening to the Suzuki Recording?

Have you been listening to your Suzuki recording for years and it just doesn’t feel important anymore? How long do you need to listen to the same recording anyway? Find out some ways to keep listening interesting and really focus your listening time. The short answer is yes, you still need to listen to your recording. As a teacher, the first thing I check for if I’m not seeing as much progress as I should is if they have been doing their listening. You can think of listening as giving the student a way to check their work. They will …

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Practicing Through the Holidays

Have you had a practicing break over the holidays and then regretted it later? Are you looking to find a way to maintain progress even though you have a few weeks off lessons? I’ve compiled a few tips here to help you plan for the holiday season. It can be difficult to practice through the holidays. Family is over, you are busy making preparations for a memorable holiday and routines are out the window. So what is a parent to do? Set Realistic GoalsTo set your goals, it’s time to pull out the calendar and decide what you want you …

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What is a Review Chain?…and why it works!

Need a fun way to boost your review? Do your review pieces need a little more focus? A review chain is a low prep way to help give your practice a little help. Watch the video below to see how it works and why. (Make sure to subscribe to get notifications about future videos!) We are going to make a review chain. This is so simple and easy to do, but the key is know why this simple trick is so successful! Strips of Paper First we need to cut strips of paper. No need to make this fancy, just …

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Goal Setting

Setting goals can really make it so we are thinking about the future and what we want to accomplish with our playing. Having direction in what we learn often gives us enjoyment in our accomplishments. Successful goals breeds more success! Join me in a discussion about how to set goals and tools to make them successful.  

Mosaic Progress Trackers

A few days ago, I posted a picture to our Facebook page of the sticker mosaic we are using for counting practice days. Students get one sticker per practice day, and so far it seems to be a fun motivator. As they put the stickers up, a picture will start to reveal. Posting the picture prompted me to actually count how many squares there are. It’s 74 x 54. That’s 3,996 squares guys! So, I’ve changed my plan some since actually counting. Students will get one sticker for the first 4 days of practice. They’ll get 2 stickers for days …

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Odd and Even Game

I’m so excited to share one of my favorite games that I use all the time in my studio. The best part is it’s simple, easy and requires no set up. It’s the Odd and Even Game! This game is great for when you have two sections of music that are almost the same, but slightly different. Often this causes confusion about what goes where. Playing the Odd and Even Game is an easy way to get those different sections in tip top shape. Get some fun foam dice here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2QQ1gWe