Ensuring stress free practice

Sue Hunt said: Oct 5, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
389 posts

While I was teaching yesterday, I noticed that some families are fighting a loosing battle with the demands of school, with kids too exhausted to practise properly, let alone fit in extra music activities. I know that it is the beginning of the school year, but doubling the amount of homework is hard for under elevens. Even my 6 year old is snowed under and his family relegated practice to 3 days over the weekend. Not a good idea.

I am interested to know if any families who are finding practice difficult to fit into their busy days would be interested in trying one of these two ideas and providing feedback on their success, or lack of it.

-1 For those of us who are finding it stressful to fit daily practice into busy family life, I suggest doing quick 5 minute bursts of practice between homework subjects. This does much to refresh the brain and to get the child up and moving. Most of us know that a change of activities relieves tension. When you have done this for a couple of weeks, this will become automatic.

-2 Those whose children watch TV after school, could do TV add practice – a practice task during the adds as a condition for watching the show. Again this also has the effect of getting oxygen to brains and muscles. I’m always surprised at how much practice I can put in, on the days when I need a stress break and collapse in front of the TV. Not surprisingly, over the years, the adds have become a trigger to practice.

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

Great ideas Sue!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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