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 to mention give us a whole set of repertoire to try new techniques out on.
If you are having a hard time with sloping through review, then consider trying to find something to specifically motivate your child. You can check out the videos in the Practice Corner playlist.
Review is for Repertoire
Dr. Suzuki was thinking about how we learn a language. When we learn a word or sentence, we don’t leave it behind to learn another. We build on our words to create a vocabulary. In music we are building our repertoire.
Sometimes we may not see a technique in another piece for a long time. By revisiting our pieces and constantly reviewing we get a chance to keep all our techniques current. That makes it much easier and quicker to learn the new pieces.
Review is for Confidence
By doing review you are building the confidence of your abilities. Let’s imagine 2 scenarios.
Scenario #1: Imagine this, you play violin, you happen to be carrying it after group class. While at the store, you run into a family friend and they hadn’t realized you play! They ask if you could play a piece, but you don’t do review! Your newest piece isn’t ready, and the you’ve already forgotten the old. You end up playing the newest one, but not very well.
Scenario #2: Now imagine this, you play cello, you happen to have it after you finish your lesson in the store. A family friend sees you and wants to hear you play. You have a whole repertoire to pull from, so you pick a few favorite pieces and play something familiar. You played it last night in your practice, so you are very successful in this impromptu concert.
You can imagine how scenario #1 can degrade confidence. I was very familiar with the scenario when I was a young violinist and it never served me well. Doing review means you have pieces right at your fingertips to share and enjoy with other people. These successful experiences only build on themselves.
I hope this gives you a little glimpse of why review is so important for your practice routine. Thanks for joining me on this Adventure in Suzuki Parenting and happy practicing!