Practicing

Marcia said: Jun 16, 2017
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Tulsa, OK
5 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
Violin
Morris Plains, NJ
38 posts

This article might help: Do More Than None

Happy practicing,
Edward

Free Guide: Five Ways To Motivate Your Kids To Practice

Joanne Shannon said: Jun 16, 2017
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
37 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
243 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
394 posts

May I put in a word for the Teach Suzuki blog (teachsuzuki.blogspot.com) 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 teachsuzuki.com.

Sincerely,

Paula Bird

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Kurt Meisenbach said: Jun 17, 2017
Kurt Meisenbach
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Chacra La Diva Maldonado, Uruguay
23 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.

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