Tag Archives: lessons

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 […]

Gems from Ed Sprunger, I

28 Oct

In anticipation of our workshop this weekend… Ms. Meredith share her favorite thoughts: I love the book “Helping Parent’s Practice” by Ed Sprunger – it’s on my bookshelf and available for anyone to look at whenever they are with me in my guitar rooms.  I’m excited to see him this weekend when he shares insights […]


27 Oct

Ability breeds ability.  We are motivated by situations that we feel 99% successful and in control. We crave instant success and gratification which is often difficult to achieve in a long term process like playing a musical instrument.  You will help your child stay motivated by creating both short term (preparing for your weekly lesson) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Count the Days

16 Sep

Ms. Gretchen explains… Often times, parents come to their lessons with concern about their three year old; they are worried their child’s ability to focus, sing, or clap rhythms is not adequate.  Of course every child can learn these skills; however, parents often get frustrated with the time and effort it takes to complete these […]