Teaching Tips

Paula Bird said: May 25, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Independent Third Finger in Twinkles

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: May 27, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

A little Twinkle humor: Milo, the Twinkle pit bull puppy

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: May 31, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I wrote a series of blog posts about how to teach Perpetual Motion:

Perpetual Motion: Introduction

Preparing for Perpetual motion

How I Teach Perpetual Motion

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Jun 7, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

More about Perpetual Motion

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Jun 21, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

discovering solutions to teaching problems

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Sep 14, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Using holiday songs to improve students’ technique, part 1

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Barb said: Sep 15, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Thanks for the tips, Paula, keep them coming!

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

Paula Bird said: Sep 18, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Quick Teaching Tips: Review Lessons

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Sue Hunt said: Sep 19, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

Review certainly is the key. I particularly like your comment in the article about taking time to introduce a parent to the concept of introducing new skills.

Paula Bird said: Sep 19, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

new blog post about making improvement by using review of the Suzuki materials:

Everyone Can Improve

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Sue Hunt said: Sep 20, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

Great article, Paula.

I also have found that reviewing the Suzuki repertoire has improved my playing miles more than just struggling with new pieces as I used to.

Paula Bird said: Sep 24, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

New blog post about building a community in the studio:

Monday morning check in: building community

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Sep 25, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Teaching Tip:
Using “Italian” vibrato to build vibrato speed and control

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Oct 2, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Read how one teacher took care of the phone problem:

The Magic Phone Table

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Oct 8, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Failure is not always bad:
15 Times When Failure is Not a Bad Thing

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Oct 9, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

New blog post about doing a Book Review this week:

Book Review Week

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

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

Hi Paula,
Inspired by your “Everyone Can Improve” post, I’ve decided to make this month book review MONTH, for me as a teacher. I am using Leslie’s “Fall in Love with Practicing” chart from The Practice Shoppe to keep me on track. Every time I review a complete book in my own practice time I color in one of the 30 fall leaves. I expect my young students to ask about that chart on my wall soon. :-)

I like your idea of book review week, too, and will be doing one with my students soon.

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

Paula Bird said: Oct 9, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Ooh I’m inspired to do this. Great fun!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Oct 10, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I just posted an interview of Leslie Thackeray about her practice shoppe website and downloadable practice charts:

A Visit to the Practice Shoppe with Leslie Thackeray

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Oct 22, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

How do you overcome practicing inertia? It’s in the small things. Here is my latest article about this:

how to practice, part 6

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Oct 23, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

New practicing focus for the week:

Hand Position Week

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Oct 25, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I just posted an article about the problem of students’ rushing through practices and pieces. You can read about it here:

Speed Demons

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Oct 28, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I just posted an article about building good character by practicing the little things:

Practice the Little Things

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Oct 31, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I just posted a new blog article and hope that you enjoy the humor in it about the 7 types of students that I see in a typical week:

7 Types of Students

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Nov 5, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I just posted a blog article about ways to stop that speed demon!

Speed Busters

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Nov 12, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I just posted a blog article for parents and teachers about defining your “finish line” in your teaching and parenting philosophy:

The Finish Line

Last week was the Twinkles Review Week in my studio. This week I will be focusing on reviewing the books that each of my students are studying. If they are in book 2, then I start at the beginning of book 2. If they are at the beginning of a book, I might start the last two songs of the previous book, or with whatever song would be a good starting point leading into the next book. If I don’t finish my review plan at this week’s lesson, then I will continue it at next week’s lesson.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Nov 20, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I just posted a new blog post about using a rubber band seat belt to help maintain a student’s bow hold. This tip might also help students who are prone to double jointedness.

Fasten Your Seat Belts!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

JoAnn said: Nov 20, 2012
 Violin, Viola
20 posts

Hi Paula,
I am not getting the blog to appear when clicking on your link— is it just my computer?
JoAnn

Sue Hunt said: Nov 21, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

What a super idea. Getting that ring finger into a more cuddly position really helps a wobbly pinkie. It’s amazing what you can do with an elastic band.

Paula Bird said: Nov 21, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Try the link now:

Fasten Your Seat Belts!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Teresa said: Nov 21, 2012
Teresa Skinner
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
69 posts

SEAT BELT?? BRILLIANT!!! I have a few students that are going to be getting a seat belt this week!
Thank you!
Teresa

…if you listen to the music, it tells you what to do…

JoAnn said: Nov 21, 2012
 Violin, Viola
20 posts

So cool— I love it!!!

Paula Bird said: Nov 28, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I posted a new article about other ways to put the brakes on speed demons:

Hover Balls, Coloring Books, and String Skin

Enjoy!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Patricia said: Nov 28, 2012
 Piano
Hatfield, PA
2 posts

Does anyone mention the word “chord” when teaching Allegro in Book 1?


From: SAA Discussion

Paula Bird said: Nov 28, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Patricia, are you talking book 1 piano Allegro?

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Barb said: Nov 28, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Thanks for the analogies, Paula. Those will likely come up in lessons soon!

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

Lori Bolt said: Nov 29, 2012
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

Patricia ~ re: using the term “chord”….I begin to use the chord early on. I usually introduce the blocked C and G chords as in Mary Had a Little Lamb before we’re even working on that piece hands together. It’s my forerunner to breaking the chords up for Cuckoo and Lightly Row. I just use the terms “blocked” or solid, and “broken”. This seems to work w/ my students, but if the broken chords were taught as they come in the book, then it may not make sense what is meant by a chord. Hope that gives you food for thought….it makes it so easy to teach LH parts since we just name the chords in each piece as they come.

Lori Bolt

Robin Lohse said: Nov 29, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Cello, Viola
Souderton, PA
29 posts

Does it depend on the age of the student and if they are already reading
music?

On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM, SAA Discussion

Robin Lohse

Patricia said: Nov 29, 2012
 Piano
Hatfield, PA
2 posts

Yes,

Lori Bolt said: Nov 30, 2012
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

I’ve introduced the term “chord” w a brief explanation about notes being played all together to all ages, prior to note reading too. I like to get a basic music vocab built early on, even if full understanding is coming later when we study music theory more systematically.

I may seem to be putting the cart in front of the horse, and may be totally wrong….

Lori Bolt

Cleo Ann Brimhall said: Dec 1, 2012
Cleo Ann BrimhallTeacher Trainer
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
West Jordan, UT
39 posts

Not at all putting the cart before the horse—Michiko Yurko one said—first you hear it, then you name it, then you see it. I even will use I chord or V chord or V7 chord—just to tie the name to the sound. When we got to reading books with those chords in the accompaniment they begin to recognize by sight what they already know by sound and name.

Cleo

Karen Zethmayr said: Dec 1, 2012
Karen ZethmayrViolin
15 posts

Nothing wrong with early introduction of vocabulary. When I first learned about Suzuki, I’d spent a couple of years as mom/helper in a Montessori school. Many parallels exist between Shinichi Suzuki and Maria Montessori, both working with war orphans, both commenting that you need to look at the child in front of you, at least as intently as the method you hope to embody.

Montessori had many terms she casually threw at children as they were happily engaged in tactile and kinesthetic activities. “Baric tablets” were chunks of wood of varied density. Why not call them that? Some of the terms they heard as small kids they later met in upper level math classes, and at that point the childlike games they had played with preschool materials would strengthen the math concepts. That’s how kids learn vocabulary. You hear a startling noise, Mom says “thunder” and gives you a hug. Theory of electricity can wait.

Karen

Lori Bolt said: Dec 2, 2012
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

Thank you for the confirmation that I’m not off base : ) !!

Cleo ~ thanks for being a great Teacher Trainer! I took training from you several years ago in Irvine, CA. and I still rely on your wisdom….here is one more example!

Lori Bolt

Paula Bird said: Dec 13, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Someone asked me what the “chip game” is. Here is an article I wrote about some of my favorite uses of the chip game:

The Chip Game

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: Dec 13, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I use “big boy” words and concepts all the time in my studio, no matter what the age of the child. I also ask if the student understands these words when I use them, and if not, we define the words together in pictures that the child will understand at the child’s age.

One of my students called it “big boy” words. Words are just names for things. Students pick up languages so quickly, I go ahead and talk normally and use my big boy vocabulary. It’s actually quite fun to come up with words that will engage the student. Sometimes I give the student a word to look up because it would apply to something the student will practice at home.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Barb said: Dec 13, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Paula, your link does not go to an article.

And I wholeheartedly agree about early introduction of proper vocabulary. I do something like Paula, checking for understanding, defining if necessary.

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

Paula Bird said: Dec 14, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Someone alerted me that my link to the chip game article didn’t work right. Here it is again:

The Chip Game

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Sue Hunt said: Dec 15, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

Great ideas Paula. The less you talk, the better. Moving a chip speaks volumes.

Paula Bird said: Dec 17, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

This is not quite a teaching tip, but in light of the Connecticut school tragedy, I thought it would be appropriate to consider “why are we doing this?”

Monday Morning Check In: Why Am I Doing This?

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Jan 5, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

In case there are some parents and players out there who are having trouble getting started again after a break:

How to Get Started After a Break (part 2)

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Jan 7, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

In view of the new year, here is an article to consider:

Resolutions for Suzuki Parents

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Jan 19, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Here’s an article about Teacher Notecards:

article

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: Jan 21, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

This essay article is a little bit different than usual. Here I expose my character flaw along with Lance Armstrong:

The Last Holdout

I just wanted to share myself and my thoughts with others.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Sue Hunt said: Jan 22, 2013
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

We would all do well to cultivate this character flaw. Thanks for sharing, Paula.

Paula Bird said: Jan 22, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Thanks, Sue!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Jan 23, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Turnabout is fair play, so here is the Teacher Report Card:

The Teacher Report Card

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: Jan 28, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

New blog post about using pennies to track your the progress of your year’s goals:

You Are Here

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Paula Bird said: Jan 30, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Another practice and teaching game:

The Timer Game!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Sue Hunt said: Jan 31, 2013
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

The kitchen timer, one of the most valuable tools in the practice room where it belongs. If you really need one in the kitchen, buy another today.

For more ideas on using the kitchen timer, see day 16 of the 100 Day Practice Journal.

When doing timed repetitions, students need to be reminded that your specific instructions must still be followed correctly. Many children are very easily sidetracked by the thrill of the chase into becoming reckless speed merchants. The other thing to look out for is tension creeping in. Can they beat their record with soft shoulders/knees/thumbs/smile etc?

Paula Bird said: Feb 4, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

here is another article that expounds on Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy about “Beautiful tone, beautiful heart”:

Monday Morning Check In: How Basic Goodness Gives Life to Technique

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Amy said: Feb 5, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
50 posts

Thank you, Paula. I needed to hear that this morning for me.
Amy B

Paula Bird said: Feb 6, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Thanks, Amy!

OK folks, I posted an article about my number one pet peeve. It’s a tough read for parents, although I’m sure many teachers out there will be applauding and agreeing:

Pet Peeve #1

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Sophia said: Feb 15, 2013
Sophia Kim
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Cello, Viola
Vancouver, BC
16 posts

I think it’s good to start a lesson/class with a game to get their attention and to complete it with a game, this is good overall—they feel more engaged and intrigued and they look forward to practising and the next lesson! If lessons are twice a week, that is even better.

Paula Bird said: Feb 20, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I just posted another quick practice tip focus:

Tricky Bits Day

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Sue Hunt said: Feb 21, 2013
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

Sophia, I couldn’t agree more. Many of us adults have forgotten to appreciate the power of games, but when you see high powered executive coaches using them to focus attention, there’s got to be something in them. The big challenge is to get parents to use them at home in practice sessions and with some of us, the only way is to ask us to have a go with our children, during the lesson.

Nora Friedman said: Feb 21, 2013
Nora Friedman
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools
Brooklyn, NY
34 posts

love the tricky bits!

Paula Bird said: Mar 4, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Here is the latest Monday Morning article, which relates to goal-setting:

The Quarterly Report

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: Apr 15, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Here is today’s Monday Morning article about teaching and the hardening off process:

Monday Morning Check In: The Hardening Off Process

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: May 1, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Here is a neat little teaching and practice tip to exercise continuous vibrato, which I learned from watching a cello colleague during a university master class:

Quick Practice Tip: Continuous Vibrato

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: May 13, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Here is another article. It definitely relates to parenting:

Lessons Learned From the Chicken Coop

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Paula Bird said: May 16, 2013
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Here is an article about getting ready to teach or learn the Bach/Petzold Minuets in Suzuki violin book 1:

link

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

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