Challenges Teachers Face

Rebecca Parslow said: Jul 29, 2016
 1 posts

Hi Suzuki Teachers,

I’m currently doing some research into the Suzuki method for my dissertation, and am curious to know what challenges do you face in your teaching and how do you overcome them? Are there any challenges arise that you think are specific to Suzuki method?

Thanks in advance for your help :)

Kirsten said: Aug 7, 2016
 Violin
103 posts

Hi Rebecca,

Great question. I am thinking that my challenges as a violin teacher have been as follows:

  1. Helping parents to determine the right expectations from the beginning that are age appropriate and realistic.

  2. Starting out with a good quality instrument (because some parents buy a violin too big or too small, or not of the right quality, before they look for a teacher)

  3. Convincing students and parents that practicing even a few minutes every day is very important, and practicing 20 or 30 minutes only 3 times a week will cause frustration.

  4. Helping parents to understand that listening to the recording is very critical and that they, and not the kids, are responsible for playing the recording daily.

How I try to overcome challenges: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat. I just talk to the parents in scheduled meetings before they start lessons (requirement). I keep talking about daily practice and listening at every lesson.

I don’t think my challenges are different from challenges of a non-Suzuki teacher for items 1-3. We need to have a lot of empathy for the parents because even 5 and 6 year old students rarely practice cheerfully every day. The parents need understanding and support and ideas. But many traditional teachers are teaching kids under age 6 and face the same challenges. Because we have a great support system as teachers, we might as a whole have more ideas to share. And we have the recordings! This is a great help.

Kirsten

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