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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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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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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7 Habits of Successful Suzuki Families

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 …

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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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What is Review? …and why we do it

The Suzuki philosophy is unique in the way that it treats “old” pieces. Reviewing and revising our previously learned pieces helps make us better musicians and quicker learners. Here are some great things to keep in mind while doing review. Whether you are new the Suzuki philosophy or need a little refresh this is sure to give your review a clearer purpose. Review is for Mastery When we are playing things that are familiar and easy, we free up brain space to explore new elements of the piece. This can create a high level of mastery over many pieces. Not …

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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.  

Why We Learn by Ear: Suzuki Essentials

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s “Mother Tongue” method was one of the reasons his approach to music learning was so unique: He treated learning music like learning a language. Just as young children are immersed in the environment of their native language, Dr. Suzuki focused on setting up a rich environment that immersed students in music. This gave students the ability to be fluent with their instruments before they were reading. Since students start at such a young age with the Suzuki philosophy, they are often not at reading readiness with their mother tongue language. Instead, pre-literacy activities strengthen a child’s skills. …

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