Is anyone aware of any notes on what skills are normally taught with each Suzuki tune?

Elise Masiee said: Jul 17, 2011
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We seem to learn holding a finger down while moving to another string in Lightly Row, dynamics with Song of the Wind…are there any comprehensive notes on this? Dd is struggling to graduate from Book 1 because when we go back to old tunes she keeps missing details. It might help to look at those details more comprehensively.

Jennifer Visick said: Jul 18, 2011
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
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Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
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  1. Go over the notes you took when you first learned these pieces.

  2. listen to the CD. No, really! Be picky: What about your performance doesn’t match the recording? This is a good way to get the basics down (rhythm, intonation, clarity, basic tone quality, etc).

  3. You could try “The Suzuki Violinist”—although you shouldn’t take it as the comprehensive guide—it’s descriptions are only one teacher’s ideas and might not necessarily line up with what your teacher is looking for

  4. if the recording seems significantly different from what your teacher wants, bring a video or audio recorder to the lesson and ask your teacher to please demonstrate so that you can have a record of what and how to practice at home.

Laurel said: Jul 18, 2011
Laurel MacCulloch
Suzuki Association Member
Langley, BC
120 posts

Yes, ask the teacher! There is much more to Song of the Wind than dynamics—for example, fingering patterns that preview the Minuets and other Gmajor (and Cmajor) songs. Plus yet other skills. When I took teacher training, I was blown away by how much the earlier songs previewed the later songs, and earlier books previewed the later books. A good Suzuki teacher should be able to explain this if you ask.


Paula Bird said: Aug 5, 2011
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Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
404 posts

You might visit my blog ( I often talk about the comprehensive skills of various songs. I also respond to questions and search terms. Feel free to visit and comment. I’d love to help.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio (blog) (podcast)

Barb said: Aug 5, 2011
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
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Hi Elise,

I would guess you are talking about violin, but for cello there is Charlene Wilson’s Ideas for Teaching Suzuki Cello—A manual for teachers and parents. After introductory lesson helps, this covers book one and also offers supplementary ideas.

Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

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