parent course

Dan Flonta said: Feb 18, 2014
Dan Flonta
Suzuki Association Member
West Barnstable, MA
1 posts

Hello everyone!
I am in the middle of organizing a parent training course and I was wondering if I can get some pointers from you.


Dan Flonta

Sue Hunt said: Feb 28, 2014
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
391 posts

There’s a very good book by Susan Kempter called Between Parent and Teacher which outlines a parent education program. However, I think that parent training is an ongoing thing and should be done in bite sized modules—One teaching point at a time!

Anne Brennand said: Mar 11, 2014
Anne Brennand
Suzuki Association Member
Boulder, CO
38 posts

Hi. Thanks for this subject, as I am grateful for parent education tips. It is easy for me to neglect this in the throes of lessons, connecting instead with assuring a student's understanding.

It has been suggested to me that a good video, modeling parent behavior and optimal participation, would be useful. Are there any out there?

It would be particularly valuable if the role a parent plays as students age could be forecast. —Anne

Anne Brennand, cellist and cello teacher

Lisa said: Mar 12, 2014
Lisa Liske-Doorandish
Suzuki Association Member
8 posts

Here is a link to Jeanne Luedke's very thorough and helpful parent education course:

When I've had a group of kids starting at once I've begun by having the parents do the course, and this has had wonderful results. Then, I continue to share articles and books with them and usually schedule a "Parent Group" at least once a year in place of regular Group class; there we have a topic of discussion usually based in a reading that seems relevant to parent issues in the studio at the time.

I hope this is helpful.

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Merietta Oviatt said: Mar 12, 2014
Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Cello, Viola
Stevens Point, WI
104 posts

I do know that the SAA is looking into creating a parent education course. It would be a streamlined approach that would walk us through what and how to do it! The idea is for us to get training at a kind of ECC course where we would be walked-through how to do parent ed. We could also get materials for it that are put-out by the SAA. I REALLY hope they get going on that and they release it sooner than later!!

Dr. Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Specialist
Viola/Violin Instructor
Aber Suzuki Center, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
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Emily Morgan said: Mar 13, 2014
Emily Morgan
Suzuki Association Member
Wilmington, NC
14 posts

Thanks for the website link! And I hope they decide to make the course. That would be very helpful.

Brigette said: Mar 17, 2014
Brigette Weisenburger
Suzuki Association Member
Aberdeen, SD
11 posts

I too, would love to see a parent education course.

I have had Suzuki Moms (and Dads) NIght, by inviting them to my home for wine and cheesecake. I found it a very pleasant way to educate, motivate, and offer a bit of thanks for their efforts.

Sue Hunt said: Mar 18, 2014
Sue Hunt
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
391 posts

There are so many little elements to parent education that it's easy to loose the basics as the brain slides into overload. A friend tells me, is using the 100 Day Practice Journal in her studio, to educate her new parents one point and one day at a time, while they do a 100 day practice challenge together.

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