I love my cello very much…

Barb said: May 9, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

I have a 9 year old student who for three years pretty consistently has practiced five days a week. That has been my “minimum requirement” and the family has scheduled practice every day except Sundays and lesson days.

For the last three weeks I noted that he has practiced seven days a week. Sometimes he has done this in the past to “catch up” on his chart if his brother has done some extra days, or if he has missed a day, and his brother will do the same (they have usually been at the same place, as his brother’s schedule matches his). But three weeks in a row is unusual. I asked him what makes him want to play every day now.

“Because it’s fun!” Then he turned pages in his book to a page I had given the family when his brother started, several months after he had started (I didn’t know the song yet when he started, so he missed out on learning it other than hearing his brother sing it). He pointed to the words and said, “See? It says right here!”

“I love my cello very much, I play it every day!”

One of those happy teacher moments. :-)

Barb
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Margot Jewell said: Sep 21, 2012
Margot JewellSAA Board
Teacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
148 posts

Hi Barb,
I have enjoyed your contributions to the Canadian discussion. Now it was fun to read about the “I love my cello ” song. Thanks for sharing it! I have a story about that too. Last week I received an email from my son, who was a very reluctant practicer growing up. He is now 24 and living away from us. He recently bought a new cello and wrote us the following cryptic email this week, “I love my cello very much, I play it every day.” :-)

Barb said: Sep 22, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

I love it! What a nice email to get from your son!

Barb
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