Fill Your Cup: Parent Motivation

As a teacher and a parent, motivating my students is always at the front of my mind. I’m always working toward finding the balance between what I want them to learn and helping them spark their own inspiration . For teachers and parents, our role is to cultivate the environment so that it’s ripe for learning, find ways to grow the intrinsic value of playing, and ultimately give the student ownership over their musical journey. Motivation isn’t just important for our kids though. As the person facilitating our children’s music education, maintaining parent motivation is essential too. As with everything …

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Teens: When Do I Stop Reminding About Practice?

Do you still have to remind your teen about practice? Are you sick and tired of it? This video will go over some of what you can look for in order to expect fully independent practice. How do you know if your expectations are realistic? I’ll talk about some of what I go over with students and how you can support your teen. Parent involvement doesn’t stop, it only changes.

Rewards…Do They Work?

There is a lot of confusing information out there about practice rewards and how to use them with our children. Some say don’t use them. Some give suggestions. I’m going to give you the honest truth about what rewards I’ve used, what worked, and what didn’t work with my students in lesson and my own children in home practice. Watch the video to find out about Kickstart Rewards, Big Goals and Visual Representation. Want some ideas on what rewards to use? Subscribe for a free list of possibilities! Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates required Email Address * First …

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Practice Buddies: Practice Corner

I love practice buddies! They are a fun way to focus on specific things and create a neutral voice in your practice. What do I mean by neutral voice? That is when something else is giving instruction or telling your child what step to take next. I know, I know, you as the parent are the one controlling the practice buddy, but that’s not how it seems to the child. To them a fun buddy is the one giving the tip. Not only that, but often using a practice buddy helps you as a parent stay focused on only one …

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When do I fit practice in with my child?

Has it been hard to find a consistent time to practice with your child? Does it feel like you’re doing what you’re supposed to, but it doesn’t quite fit your family’s flow? This is a video to think outside the box to find a time that will work with you. Many families try to practice in the evening around dinnertime, but often small children are just too tired to get much out of practice then. Have you considered practicing during the morning? Often practicing in the morning will mean your child is fresher and more energetic, so practice might also …

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The Importance of Creating a Routine: Practice Corner

Culturally we have an idea of what our practice routine looks like. It’s usually after school. The child practices for 3 to 60 minutes by themselves. That can work find for an older child, but what if that child is 3 or 4? What if the parent is practicing with the child? The Suzuki philosophy requires a different kind of practice, so we need to think outside of the box when it comes to routine. If you have a young child learning an instrument and you’ve felt unsatisfied about your routine or regular practice, this video is for you! First, …

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Freeze Game: Practice Corner

Ever had a hard time getting your child or student to stop playing so something can be corrected? Do they feel like you are interrupting their progress? Playing the Freeze Game can help a child to focus on a specific technique that needs to be worked on. Get the details by watching the video here: By the way, a triangle is a great thing to use for the Freeze Game. Want a triangle to add to your practice toolbox? Get one here: Rhythm Band Musical Steel Triangle 8 Inch (affiliate link) This game is simple! Use a triangle or bell to …

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30 Day Listening Challenge: Practice Corner

Listening beyond your Suzuki recording FREE 30-Day Tracker We all know that we need to be listening to our Suzuki recordings, but Dr. Suzuki never meant for that to be exclusive. Picking other pieces to listen to can help reinvigorate you inspiration and refresh your listening. Here’s how. Pick a piece that is relevant to you. If you are unsure where to start, ask your teacher for some suggestions! Teachers are happy to share some of their favorite pieces with students. Download a tracker to keep track of your days as you listen. That’s it! Simple, right? Doing a 30-day …

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