Marcia said: Jun 16, 2017
Suzuki Association Member
Tulsa, OK
6 posts

Does anyone have any suggestions on short articles I can share with a parent that is having trouble understanding the importance of daily practice for her 4 1/2 and 6 year olds

Edward said: Jun 16, 2017
Edward Obermueller
Suzuki Association Member
Morris Plains, NJ
73 posts

This article might help: Do More Than None

Happy practicing,

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Joanne Shannon said: Jun 16, 2017
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Los Angeles, CA
142 posts

I read through Edward’s practicing tips and they were excellent. I can even use a lot of them on the piano.

Lori Bolt said: Jun 17, 2017
Lori BoltPiano
San Clemente, CA
262 posts

Same here, Joanne. I also find that The Suzuki Triangle blog is helpful as it is for parents as well as teachers. I think we need to continually do parent ed. The young ones especially need the parent to own their responsibility to make sure children practice, and to guide them.

Lori Bolt

Paula Bird said: Jun 17, 2017
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
404 posts

May I put in a word for the Teach Suzuki blog ( and podcast? Years’ worth of articles for parent education and teaching points, including practice tips. I have been contacted by people all over the world who used the blog to help them understand how to teach their children to play violin. The podcast is on iTunes and is extremely helpful for parents and teachers alike. You can also find the podcast on its website at


Paula Bird

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TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio (blog) (podcast)

Kurt Meisenbach said: Jun 17, 2017
Kurt Meisenbach
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Plano, TX
45 posts

Getting kids to practice can be a real challenge. About half of my students practice regularly. The others can be very inconsistent. Getting the parents involved is essential to solving this problem, but this can also be a challenge.

My approach to this dilemma has been to create color charts and instructions in simple language that the students will find interesting and the parents will find helpful. A parent may say that they do not see the importance of daily practice, but the underlying issue is likely to be that they are not confident they know enough to teach their children at home. I try to make this easier for them through materials that supplement those in the Suzuki Books.

Most parents are genuinely interested in the musical progress of their children. However, most parents are very busy, and frequently are embarrassed to admit that they are uncertain of how they should teach their children at home. The materials I use remove this mystery in a way that they can embrace quickly with minimum effort and the least amount of time with no loss of face.

I tried to attach an example of one of the pages in my student book, but the system will not let me post an image. If anyone is interested, I can send some sample pages through normal email. The only problem is that the materials are in Spanish (I teach in Uruguay, South America). I have not yet had time to translate them into English.

Joanne Shannon said: Sep 14, 2017
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Los Angeles, CA
142 posts

Anyone need a practice chart? Actually, I originally created this for myself so I could keep track of what I was practicing for my jazz piano lessons. Then I decided to make a version for my Book 4 & ups. Pretty simple, to the point, and only takes a second to mark as you go along. Just circle the day. You can start on any day, it’s good for two weeks and you can print it on a half sheet of paper. You can see at a glance what needs practicing. Yes, it’s aimed at those teens who like to practice the same thing all the time.

Practice Chart

Scales/Arpeggios: M Tu W Th F S S M Tu W Th F S S
Chord Prog/Keys: M Tu W Th F S S M Tu W Th F S S
Czerny: M Tu W Th F S S M Tu W Th F S S
Assignedpieces: M Tu W Th F S S M Tu W Th F S S
Jazz: M Tu W Th F S S M Tu W Th F S S
PolishedPiece: M Tu W Th F S S M Tu W Th F S S
Dailyconcert: M Tu W Th F S S M Tu W Th F S S
Listening: M Tu W Th F S S M Tu W Th F S S

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