Tag Archives: violin

Gems from Ed Sprunger, II

28 Oct

Ms. Meredith continues… Asking Better Questions For me, teaching is an ongoing practice where I am constantly learning how to do it better – to be a good teacher is to always be a student.  In particular, understanding that when a student cannot do what you ask them to do is not about oppositional behavior […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Motivates You?

19 Aug

Ms. Daniela speaking… What motivates you? Today I went into the city to help one of my students pick out their full size violin! How exciting, right? Yes and even more exciting is the journey that brought this student here. He took a couple years off from violin because the teacher he had was not […]