What is the current and best technology you are using for listening?

Maxine Casper said: Jan 7, 2018
Maxine Casper
Suzuki Association Member
Laguna Hills, CA
3 posts

This week I had a new to Suzuki Mom tell me that she got the CD, but didn’t have way to play it for her 5 year old daughter! How and/or what are parents using to provide and do the TOP PRIORITY and VITAL LISTENING to the music? Help!

Emily Shively said: Jan 7, 2018
Emily Shively
Suzuki Association Member
Rogers, MN
3 posts

Hi Maxine,

I’ve been having this issue in my studio also. So many families no longer use a CD player as their main source for playing music. Technology really has come a long way as most people use their cell phones for just about everything, including playing music! I am happy to tell you that Piano books 1—7 are on itunes and Amazon. Here is the link to the SAA page with the information! I hope your parent finds this option helpful. I know my studio parents sure do!

Danielle said: Jan 8, 2018
Danielle Dotson
Suzuki Association Member
Piano, Violin
Madison, AL
11 posts

What I did with my own kids was buy a CD-clock-alarm device on Amazon. I set it 25 minutes before they have to get up, and they get to lie in bed each morning listening to the CD before they have to get up. That way they get at least one time through the book they are working on each day, at a minimum. On school days, at least!
At night I have a compilation of books (their current one, and plus and minus one) that shuffles and plays all the night at the lowest volume. It is so soft they have to lie still to hear it.
One child has the iPad, the other the phone. It’s done wonders for review.
My husband did mock-accuse me of hypnotizing the kids, but the kids ask for the music. They like lying in bed without having to get up immediately in the morning, and they like relaxing to the music at night.

Alan Duncan said: Jan 11, 2018
Alan Duncan
Suzuki Association Member
67 posts

Since CD is becoming less and less useful with the advent of digital distribution, there are really two choices for getting the Suzuki reference recordings onto mobile and computer platforms:

  1. “Rip” the CD—meaning, extract the digital content as an mp3 file, or
  2. Purchase the reference recordings from a digital source (i.e. iTunes Music Store.)

We’ve preferred to rip the CD (#1 above). Either way, having the reference recordings in mp3 format allows you to do myriad clever things that cannot easily be done with the CD. I wrote a blog post a few years ago, 14 Tech Tips for Suzuki Listening. In that article, there are links with instructions for ripping CD’s.

Among the things that you can do with the recordings as mp3 files is that you can construct playlists that aren’t just within a single book. Or if they are working on repertoire in addition to the Suzuki repertoire, you can add those to a playlist. Also having the recordings as mp3 files, allows you to slow down the recording. See this article: Listening slower

Now if a parent simply doesn’t have access to a CD-ROM device, then they should just purchase the recordings from iTunes Music Store, Amazon or another provider and start there.

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