Pyramid Learning Kits—I Love to Practice! Kit

Joanna Pepple said: Feb 6, 2015
Joanna Pepple
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Tallahasee, FL
9 posts

I recently bought a Pyramid Learning Kit—I Love to Practice! Kit for Suzuki Violin Book 1 from Shar Music. I love it—they have so many fun games for each piece in the book, and the games are well-conceived. I will be laminating them to use with my students!

On my box, it shows that there are other kits—one for Suzuki Violin Book 2 and cello kits as well. Does any one know how to order the Violin Book 2 kit? I cannot seem to find it anywhere on the Internet.

Jennifer Visick said: Feb 7, 2015
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

Maybe contact Shar and ask if they will have it in stock in the future?

Lauren said: Feb 9, 2015
Lauren Lamont
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Edmonds, WA
33 posts

I did notice that Young Musicians Online
http://www.young-musicians.com/product-p/ltp.htm
do have it in stock.

Joanna Pepple said: Feb 10, 2015
Joanna Pepple
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Tallahasee, FL
9 posts

Thank you so much! This is great news! :D

Jennifer Visick said: Feb 12, 2015
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

So I ordered this (book 1) from Shar and it arrived yesterday. It strikes me that a lot of these practice game ideas might work well in a version for a tablet. I wonder if the makers would consider developing an app…

Joanna Pepple said: Feb 28, 2015
Joanna Pepple
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Tallahasee, FL
9 posts

Yes—these games are great, and they could use a little updating in terms of graphics and verbiage. I think they were designed in the 80s and have recently been reprinted. I’m not sure who owns the copyright, but I love some of their ideas in helping students learn to practice small passages at a time. My kids love these games whenever I bring them out, and it is so cool that they are tied specifically to their pieces, citing measure numbers, technique issues, etc. Sometimes I like the “non-technology” aspect since kids are so used to technology everywhere nowadays that it is nice for them to learn how to have fun without the computers and phones! But it’s also nice to see some great apps designed specifically for string playing.

Heather Figi said: Apr 24, 2015
Heather FigiViolin
Eugene, OR
97 posts

Just a quick note—Personal Laminators have come down in price over the years. I have one and it has been fantastic for keeping my teaching materials sturdy for even the most excited little fingers ;)

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