Tag Archives: children

Gems from Ed Sprunger – Testing Limits

30 Oct

Struggling to find the boundaries between what is too strict and what is too lenient is one of the eternal questions – Ed Sprunger has lots of advice on this front too.  For starters, it’s not helpful to think of children liking limits, rather it’s more accurate to think of limits as a kind of […]

Why Listening?

24 Oct

Listening is the most important concept in the Suzuki Method!  A child’s ear will be well trained by listening, and the student will be motivated to want to play the music they hear.  Because the student will have the music memorized, it gives them attention to the challenges of playing their instrument. A child’s rate of […]

Why Review?

22 Oct

Children thrive on repetition and enjoy perfecting an idea they are comfortable playing.  Parents must have a positive attitude toward review and refinement by understanding and enjoying the aspects themselves. Review is a habit.  A review habit should be established early in a child’s musical training.  By establishing a routine, the student receives all the […]

Helping Your Child Practice

21 Oct

Your child doesn’t need you to be a perfect parent.  However, being present with your child is the most important concept.  Practicing happens in a very close, often intense relationship.  As Ed Sprunger states in his book Building Violin Skills, stick with the original rule, “Think Like an Attorney, but talk like Mr. Rodgers.” Your […]

The Importance of Group Class

20 Oct

Ms. Gretchen takes the wheel… Dr. Suzuki observed that learning is a social and environmental activity.  Group classes assist in the development of ensemble skills, which includes stoping and starting together, feeling the pulse, balance between the melody and harmony, and developing the ability to play in unison.  The skills learned in group class are […]

Ability and Mastery

09 Oct

Ms. Becki… How good is good enough? This is a question that we all struggle with in every area of life, and the essence of your teacher’s thought process during your child’s lesson. The quest to balance the need for accuracy, technical development, and musical development while preserving the child’s love of music is daunting […]

The Heart of Music

07 Oct

Ms. Becki continues… “Of course we need a good instrument. In music, tone is all you have.” These words, spoken to me early in my career by a parent in my studio, actually shocked me at the time. I was so accustomed to helping families save money on their musical equipment, managing the costs of […]

It’s About the Music

06 Oct

Ms. Becki returns… Last week I had the privilege of visiting the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. One of my own Suzuki violin group class classmates teaches a course on Music Psychology, and also publishes a blog called The Bulletproof Musician. Last week he hosted another Suzuki violin group class classmate, Christian […]

Layers of Learning

01 Oct

Ms. Sara takes the wheel… One of my favorite metaphors for developing musical ability and technique on an instrument is that it is akin to building a house. My architecture and construction expertise is sorely limited, but I know this much: when building a house, we must first lay the foundation. If we don’t set […]

More Fun and Games for Practice

20 Sep

Mr. Tyler concludes… Another game is for helping to make things automatic, such as the musical alphabet, or note names (using flash cards).  What we do is use a stopwatch and to do time trials.  Choose a set goal (like saying the alphabet backwards twice, or doing 10 flash cards).  Time how long it takes to […]