Making Practice Their Own

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Lan Phuong said: Aug 23, 2017
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I am a new parent to violin lessons with a young child of 4 years of age. How do I begin with our at-home lessons without pressure or taking the fun-to-learn/practice away from my child? I feel like I am the only parent who can’t get this right & I want this to be an enjoyable moment in time for my child & me. How can I tell that my child is enjoying practicing?

Christine said: Aug 24, 2017
Christine GoodnerInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
82 posts

You are for sure not the only parent to struggle with this idea!

At four years old, some days your child might enjoy practice and some days they might rather do something else (especially if something feels challenging about what they are learning). It is challenging to learn to walk, to learn to speak and to learn to read—but what an accomplishment when we can do it! :)

This is an article about developing ownership in practice that you might find useful Developing Ownership in Practice

Most of all I would think about what things you want your child to develop through learning music and enjoy the process of your child developing their musical skills.

There are many great resources for getting ideas about creating a good learning environment for Suzuki students and I would keep asking questions and learning along the way!

Christine Goodner

Blog: The Suzuki Triangle

Suzuki Licensed Book: Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families

“When Love is Deep, Much can be Accomplished” ~ Suzuki

Joanne Shannon said: Aug 24, 2017
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
50 posts

Thanks for the great article Christine. I also bought your book for my parent library.

Christine said: Aug 24, 2017
Christine GoodnerInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
82 posts

Thanks Joanne! I hope it is a helpful resource in your studio for sure :)

Christine Goodner

Blog: The Suzuki Triangle

Suzuki Licensed Book: Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families

“When Love is Deep, Much can be Accomplished” ~ Suzuki

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