parent education in small studio

Friederike said: Mar 19, 2018
Friederike Lehrbass
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Plano, TX
84 posts

I teach once a week at a music school and have at the moment only one student at home(book 4),a second one just quit after barely 1 month. I know parent education would be the best including letting them observe. But with no other beginning students to observe that’s hard. Any suggestions? Thanks,

Praise the Lord with the stringed instrument

Paula Bird said: Mar 20, 2018
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
404 posts

do you have any videos? Parents as partners? I usually just have the parents observe whatever or whenever they can so they can understand what I’m like and how I work with students. Our meetings are part of an ongoing process.

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

Friederike said: Mar 20, 2018
Friederike Lehrbass
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Plano, TX
84 posts

No I don’t have any.videos. i know there is a new series out. I thoght that is jist training for teachers?Thanks

Praise the Lord with the stringed instrument

Lori Bolt said: Mar 21, 2018
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
252 posts

The Parents as Partners Online video series is great! I have several parents who register to receive these every year. I learn from the videos too!

Lori Bolt

Joanne Shannon said: Mar 21, 2018
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
123 posts

98% of my studio are registered for the Parents as Partners videos. Good ideas.

Friederike said: Mar 22, 2018
Friederike Lehrbass
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Plano, TX
84 posts

You require new parents to sign up for it before even starting lessons?Thanks

Praise the Lord with the stringed instrument

Hadley Johnson Gibbons said: Mar 22, 2018
Hadley Johnson Gibbons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Seattle, WA
37 posts

I start with 8 weeks of parent education during the time that the kids will eventually have their lessons. I generally regret it when I don’t require it, even with transfer students. (See: discussion forum that I posted about inconvenienced parents who don’t want any extra work.)

Friederike said: Mar 23, 2018
Friederike Lehrbass
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Plano, TX
84 posts

Hadley,do you have a link to that discussion? Thanks

Praise the Lord with the stringed instrument

Hadley Johnson Gibbons said: Mar 23, 2018
Hadley Johnson Gibbons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Seattle, WA
37 posts

It’s in the Teacher’s corner of this website!

Lori Bolt said: Mar 23, 2018
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
252 posts

@Friederike ~ I do not ask parents to pay for Parents as Partners when they first join my studio, but I think I may change that! I have begun to charge a materials fee to both new and current students (an annual fee). I may just add the $12 for the video series. Now, I announce it around January 1—just before registration starts. I believe it’s not too late to get on board for this year (though the fee may be different) :)

Lori Bolt

Kurt Meisenbach said: Mar 24, 2018
Kurt Meisenbach
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Plano, TX
38 posts

I teach in Punta del Este, Uruguay, a sleepy little beach town in a country just south of Brazil. I have written a book for the parents of my beginning Suzuki violin class. It is general training for Suzuki parents for all instruments. It is designed for the busy parent who is already busy before they start Suzuki classes.

The book addresses the psychological aspects of teaching kids—what words to use, how to deal with resistance and how to ask questions so that their learning goes very deep. It does not provide any instruction on the physical aspect of playing an instrument. The teacher provides this guidance. The suggestions in the book are based on what I have learned from my Suzuki teachers, personal research, and my own experience of what works.

I have a version in English that I would be glad to share with you. It is currently being prepared for publication this summer.

I can send you a PDF if you are interested. It will have the same words as the published version, but some of the formats will be different in the published book.

Sallie Leverenz said: Mar 24, 2018
 1 posts

Uruguay! How very exciting!
I would love a PDF of your Publication for Busy Parents.
Thank you for your offer.
Sallie from the MidWest, North America

Sallie Leverenz Lund, violinist

Gloria said: Mar 25, 2018
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
75 posts

Hi Kurt. I would love to be able to read both your versions, Spanish and English. As for myself, I use Jeanne Luedke’s materials. Can I somehow see what you have prepared for you parents? I am always fascinated by people’s creativity and different angles on things!
Thanks.
Gloria

Christine said: Mar 25, 2018
Christine GoodnerInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
92 posts

I agree—Parents as Partners is a wonderful resource for this! I also have a discussion guide for teachers and parents that I am happy to send to teachers if they buy my book Beyond Music Lesson (link below).

What ever you use I think explaining to parents how to best support their students, what to expect, and how to work through common challenges helps a lot! Good for you for recognizing this need and working to fill it.

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

Friederike said: Mar 25, 2018
Friederike Lehrbass
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Plano, TX
84 posts

Oh Kurt,that would be awesome,I would love the PDF. Thanks.

Praise the Lord with the stringed instrument

Friederike said: Mar 25, 2018
Friederike Lehrbass
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Plano, TX
84 posts

Christine,I don’t see the link. Thanks

Praise the Lord with the stringed instrument

Christine said: Mar 25, 2018
Christine GoodnerInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
92 posts

It’s in my signature —here you go link

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

Vanamali Medina said: Mar 25, 2018
Vanamali MedinaInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Flute
Minneapolis, MN
5 posts

Kurt, I would love to see what you’ve come up with!

Joanne Shannon said: Mar 25, 2018
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Los Angeles, CA
123 posts

Kurt, please send the pdf. The idea is interesting. I give my parents a packet of handouts on various discussions of this nature that I have collected through the years. Some of those handouts are 30 years old, but still valuable.

Christine, I have purchased your book. Is the guide a separate pdf? If so I would like to take a look at it.

Jo

Christine said: Mar 25, 2018
Christine GoodnerInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
92 posts

Joanne—I sent you a private message with the PDF in it :) Hope you enjoy the book!

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

Wendy Caron Zohar said: Mar 29, 2018
Wendy Caron Zohar
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Ann Arbor, MI
96 posts

Kurt Meisenbach, I’d be interested to receive a copy of your .pdf in English. It sounds very interesting and focuses on important points of the psychology of communication with the child.

Thank you!

Wendy Zohar
please email .pdf to:
[javascript protected email address]

Wendy Caron Zohar
wendyzohar.weebly.com

If we work hard, music may save the world.—S. Suzuki

Kimberly Armstrong Barrett said: Mar 30, 2018
Kimberly Armstrong BarrettInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Johnson City, TN
1 posts

Hello Kurt! Would you mind sharing your pdf in English? Thank you! My email is: [javascript protected email address]

Look forward to reading it!

Arlene said: Mar 30, 2018
Arlene PattersonViolin
Longmont, CO
15 posts

Hi Kurt,
I’m interested in reading your pdf too. Happy to pay whatever the publication will cost.
Arlene

Arlene

Sarah Cote said: Mar 30, 2018
Sarah Cote
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Nashville, TN
8 posts

Kurt, I would also love a copy of your publication in English. It sounds wonderful! [javascript protected email address]

Sarah Cote

Susan Ashby said: Mar 30, 2018
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Tuxedo Park, NY
3 posts

I an also interested in a copy. Thank you!
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Lori Bolt said: Mar 31, 2018
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
252 posts

Me too please! I’ll message you :)

Lori Bolt

Ida Pearson said: Apr 12, 2018
 
Suzuki Association Member
2 posts

Hello Kurt, I would love to have pdfs of your manual in both English and Spanish! [javascript protected email address]

Angela said: Apr 14, 2018
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
York Springs, PA
35 posts

Well my curiosity has gotten the best of me. Could you please send me your pdf in English to me as well. [javascript protected email address] Thank you

Angela Schlessman

Russell Fallstad said: Apr 14, 2018
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Alexandria, VA
1 posts

Hi Kurt and Christine,
I’ve also been working on parent education for many years—such an important component of Suzuki lessons! I’m always interested in how to get the info to parents sooner in the process, so they can avoid common pitfalls and get on a much happier/more successful trajectory from the beginning.
Kurt, I would love to have an English copy of your pdf…thanks so much for offering it!
Christine, I’ve purchased your book and am excited to read it! Can you send me the accompanying pdf as well? Thanks for your generous contribution!

Russell Fallstad
[javascript protected email address]
Www.theduelingfiddlers.com

Sue Hunt said: Apr 16, 2018
Sue HuntViola, Violin
402 posts

I have found that no matter what I said to parents, they never seemed to hear a word, until I began to follow through on everything I had asked them to do. The time that it takes to do this is time well spent.

Accountability makes all the difference. To help my parents, I have developed a practice challenge with a difference, Our Grand Practice Adventure. It can last for 10, 25, 50, 75 or 100 days and contains basic practice tips, games and assessments to try. It helps beginner families to get used to the idea that daily practice is not only essential but fun and effective. My families, who have signed up for it, are getting much more out of their lessons.

Patricia Lorena said: Apr 16, 2018
Patricia Lorena Oropeza Keresey
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Col Morelos 2da S Toluca México, Mexico
6 posts

Hi ¡ I am also interested in the PDF you have mentioned Kurt. Can you send me it please ?
patriciaoropeza_k @hotmail.com
Saludos desde México

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