How to Get Started Again after a Break

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

I just posted an article about how to get started again with a practice routine after taking a break. I thought this would be a good time to discuss this.

How to Get Started After a Break

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

Karin said: Aug 27, 2012
 Violin, Bass
6 posts

Thanks Paula, I really enjoy reading your blog!

We just had a very tough week after two weeks of non-practise (backpacker holiday) and the kid starting 1st grade. First three days of practise were spent just trying to get the violin in play position without hurting and kid falling down in tears. I ended practise after 5 min each day.

Then came the weekend and we had two longer practises. And she picked out “Oh come, little children” all on her own! Such a happy face on her. :) We had been singing the song with fingering during the backpacker holiday, but I would never have thought she would be able to play it on first try just from that!

Paula Bird said: Aug 27, 2012
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I figured the timing for this idea was perfect right about now. I had similar teaching experiences this summer after family vacations. Today is the first day of school, and I anticipate some fun lessons this week! Back to basics, start small, and build in small steps!

Hope you had a great holiday!

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

Stephanie Windes said: Jan 3, 2013
 1 posts

This is great Paula! Although we have been practicing a little during Christmas break, it has been very sporadic. I will be using your plan to get back into the routine! I’ll let you know how it goes:)

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

Thanks Stephanie! I got my studio started today after the holiday break. I played a lot of Twinkles with my kids. It’s really a great place to start, because Twinkles require so much focus and concentration. I could tell right away which kids needed the shorter, condensed plan to get back on track, and which kids were just fine because they had practiced a lot.

One family flew off to another city and forgot their violins in the rush. That mom went to the local violin shop and rented two violins for the 4 days they were in the other town. The shop owner was so impressed with their dedication that he didn’t charge them the usual one month’s rent but prorated the rental fee. I was certainly impressed!

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

Emily said: Dec 4, 2013
 59 posts

I had the same issue over the summer when I took a vacation. The first couple of practices, we had to work on some fun warm up exercises to get the kids back into the swing of things. They seemed to pick up pretty close to where they left off, but worked on proper hold and ended practices in half of the time. By the third practice after vacation, we were right on schedule again.

And, Paula, that is great that the shop owner did that for the family. It shows how much he truly cares about music as well. It shows honesty and integrity. He is someone I would trust to buy from.

Emily Christensen
Music Teacher & Writer
www.musiceducationmadness.org

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