Tag Archives: practice tips

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 […]


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) […]

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 […]

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 […]