parent education materials

Meredith Connie said: Oct 21, 2012
Meredith Connie
Suzuki Association Member
Guitar
Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
5 posts

I am attempting to develop parent education materials as I go—I do not yet have an established studio where I can do a separate parent education course. However I wish to do a monthly newsletter and send out materials and links. I have already taken advantage of a number of blogs by regular discussion gurus (thanks!) but was wondering if there was anyone who might be willing to share their parent education materials or suggest places to go.

Thanks!

Sue Hunt said: Oct 22, 2012
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
390 posts

You might be interested in Between parent and teacher: A plan for nurturing Suzuki students at home by Susan Kempter.

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

Just happened across this article which might interest you.

I have been wanting to order some things from Jeanne Luedke Luedke, but had some trouble with the online ordering. Maybe it would work for you?

American Suzuki Journal and Mini-journals—back issues as well as current? (Check out the store here and the mini-journals!)

There are several articles for parents on the Ottawa Suzuki Strings page.

I have some articles by Kerstin Wartberg (translated by Mike Hoover) I give my parents: “Progress through Repetition” , and “Only That Which is Cultivated…”

Thanks for naming that book, Sue, I will look into it, too.

Did you say, Paula Bird, that you were developing a book or materials to publish for parent ed?

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

Meredith Connie said: Oct 23, 2012
Meredith Connie
Suzuki Association Member
Guitar
Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
5 posts

Thank you! Some great resources. To be specific, I have a parent that doesn’t understand the importance of modeling attentive behavior in classes and is more interested in playing as fast as he can when demonstrating a teaching point than making it clear and easy to understand for the child. Any suggestions for articles on modeling behavior?

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

Is this parent also a player? Have you tried asking the parent exactly as you have listed the problem here? Be frank and direct. Ask the parent to demonstrate in the way that you desire. I had to remind a parent of a 4 yo to pay attention the other day when I was about to start a big teaching point.

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

Barb said: Oct 23, 2012
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
Cello
678 posts

Regarding playing as fast as he can, maybe an exercise such as the one on intonation suggested on Violin Masterclass (starting metronome at 40) would be helpful. Explain how beneficial that pause between each note is, especially for young brains making new connections. The exercise goes through several steps before getting up to speed. The pdfs of the exercises at the site make great hand-outs, too.

I had a student who only ever wanted to play as fast as he could. When I assigned a metronome speed for his Minuet it made ALL the difference—he finally was getting a good tone on EACH note.

Regarding modeling, have your parents read Nurtured by Love? See page 15 & 16 “A boy who received his first lessons from his father.”

“…When he began to play, his posture, the movements of hands and bow, were absolutely the same as his father’s. But not only that—even the shortcomings in his performance and musical sense, sometimes linking musical intervals—his tone, and various small details—all resembled his father’s.”

And of course there is much more in Suzuki’s writings on the effect of the environment on the children.

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

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