Pre-Twinkle Movement Activities

Elise Winters said: Jun 8, 2016
Elise Winters
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Austin, TX
37 posts

I just finished a video of some of the pre-Twinkle movement activities I use with my students. They are to familiar folk songs that most children know (or will enjoy learning).

My two favorites right now:

  1. “Finger soldiers” (Yankee Doodle): helps students keep the first finger compact, relax and extend their other fingers, and align their left index, wrist and arm.
  2. “Arm twist” (Mary Had a Little Lamb): Helps students locate the rotated left-arm position by having them touch their pinky to your nose, then open the arm to a right angle.

I hope you enjoy these … let me know your favorite one!!!

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Paula Bird said: Jun 8, 2016
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

These are great, Elise! You put a lot of work into this! Thanks so much!!

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio (blog) (podcast)

Barbara Stafford said: Jun 8, 2016
Barbara Stafford
Suzuki Association Member
Plano, TX
59 posts

Thank you so much for demonstrating these exercises, Elise! I look forward to the other videos you are planning to post. And thank you for sharing about your experience that motivated you to create a better feeling pre-twinkle process . The exercise that stands out to me is “All my little ducklings”. I like it best right now because I am teaching a 6 year old who needs an exercise like this to build her body awareness and keep her left elbow out and at a distance from her body. Often the violin sinks forward and her elbow ends up on her tummy. So that is why that particular exercise is standing out to me. Thank you again!

Wendy Caron Zohar said: Jun 8, 2016
Wendy Caron Zohar
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Ann Arbor, MI
94 posts

Brava Elise for putting your creative ideas, movements and songs together in this refreshing and informative video. Many points of inspiration here for working with preT’s! Thank you for sharing so generously. I hope you’re considering posting more video productions!
When you named the movement activity at the end of each, sometimes you edited the sound down so low that your voice could not be heard. Just one small feedback.

Wendy Caron Zohar

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