Question about this Forum

Angie said: Mar 15, 2006
Angie Tung
Suzuki Association Member
Piano, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
3 posts

Do you feel it will help this board to divide it into sections? For example, a section on SAA news, a section specific for SAA Conference News, one section per instrument, and maybe an international section. I feel that it will help users of the forum find topics that interests them and organize the content for easier future references. I’ve worked with phpBB forums in the past and believe that this can be done fairly easily by creating subcategories and then moving the already existing threads over into each section (it may be a bit time-consuming).

How does everybody feel about this? I’m new to the forum and find that I’m trying to reading everything—and would realize a couple of paragraphs into a post that I don’t follow because another instrument’s technique is being discussed.


said: Mar 15, 2006
 122 posts

I don’t know if it’s neccessary since there are only a few posts per day. I don’t care either way.

“When love is deep, much can be accomplished.”
-Shinichi Suzuki

Diana said: Mar 16, 2006
Diana Umile
Suzuki Association Member
Coatesville, PA
36 posts

It would be great to have a section for parents. Then we could recommend to our parents that they participate in the forum and they wouldn’t have to wade thru the other stuff. They could really help each other.

The Suzuki Association of the Americas said: Mar 20, 2006
The Suzuki Association of the Americas
Suzuki Association Member
21 posts

That’s a really great idea. If no one has any objections, I can probably set that up sometime this week. :D

Corinne said: Mar 20, 2006
 Violin, Piano
44 posts

That sounds great! Will the sections be parents/teachers or will there be other categories (specific instruments/regions/topics)?

said: Mar 20, 2006
 103 posts

I think this could be a good move too. Though there aren’t many posts in a day, I often see a post that I am waiting to hear a reply to get slowly buried lower and lower….. and then never noticed again! :( :D

I think if there were different catagories, it would help things not to get buried. As they would be closer to the top by the time people check the site again. If that makes sense!

Diana said: Mar 22, 2006
Diana Umile
Suzuki Association Member
Coatesville, PA
36 posts

How about these categories: Piano Teaching, String Teaching, Other Instrument Teaching, Parents, Philosophy, Reading, Studio Policies. Any more?

Nobuaki said: Mar 22, 2006
Nobuaki Tanaka
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Mount Prospect, IL
115 posts

it’s good idea to make different categories. However, to avoid confusion, my suggestion is not to make too much categories. Other wise people will confuse. If possible let’s keep as simple as possible.

The Suzuki Association of the Americas said: Mar 22, 2006
The Suzuki Association of the Americas
Suzuki Association Member
21 posts

You can create subcategories. I was thinking of something like this:

[code]- General Suzuki-related
—maybe an announcements/news sub-category

  • Teachers

    • General
    • Specific instruments [Violin, Flute, etc.] or instrument-groups [Strings, Piano, Other]
  • Parents

  • Other non-Suzuki topics[/code]

I’m not sure what would be best—you guys are the ones really using this forum, so let me know if you can think of any other common categories. Also, we could start very simple, with just a few main categories, and add more organisational structure as it becomes needed.

Laurel said: Mar 22, 2006
Laurel MacCullochViolin
Langley, BC
120 posts

Maybe you could just start with “Announcements”, “Teachers’ Corner” and “Parents’ Corner”, and go from there?


Lynn said: Mar 23, 2006
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
173 posts

I, too, vote for simple—General Suzuki, Teachers, Parents.

Of course there is always tons of overlap, and lots of posts that are put out by parents get responses from teachers, and vice-versa. I like that. So, ladies (and gentlemen!) whichever category you currently occupy, please make sure you visit the other often!

said: Mar 26, 2006
 55 posts

I am a bit confused. By dividing this forum into sections, now I feel intrusive if I want to reply to something in the “parents corner” because I am a teacher. And what if I want to hear what everyone has to say about something? Does that mean I have to post twice, once in the parents corner and once in the teachers corner? I must admit I like the old way better, where it was all-inclusive. Now we are divided and separated. I don’t mean to sound negative about a change that people obviously thought was a good idea. Maybe someone can convince me why it is better to have to read topics in three different forums, one of which I now feel uncomfortable responding in, than to just have one general place where everything is welcoming and open to everyone.

The Suzuki Association of the Americas said: Apr 3, 2006
The Suzuki Association of the Americas
Suzuki Association Member
21 posts

You are obviously welcome to respond to any topic in any forum. The categories are really just a way to make audience-specific posts easier to find. And if you have a topic that applies to anyone, you can post that in the ‘General’ forum.

Also, if you want to see all the new posts in all forums since you last visited the board, there’s a link called ‘view posts since last visit’ that will pull thos up for you. So you really only have to check that link to be sure you’re not missing anything.

Melissa said: Apr 6, 2006
 Piano, Flute
151 posts

Personally, I liked it better the way it was.
I think it is a hassle having to look at three different categories.
So much of teaching, especially Suzuki, is family/teacher based, so why divide it up? We are all looking at everybody elses forum anyway. Wouldn’t it be easier for all of us to just look at one, like before?

Lorie said: Apr 7, 2006
3 posts

I agree with Honeybee . (BTW I am a parent and not a professional musician nor music teacher.) I think that, keeping in mind the small total number of daily posts, and the fact that as a Suzuki parent I am expected to be the home teacher as well, I find it counterproductive to have the posts divided up into different forums. I do like the feature that allows me to see unread posts in all forums listed together, and I am relying on that now. However, it now seems harder to go back and find something I was interested in earlier, because the same topic could potentially appear in different forums, depending on how the original poster framed the topic. To me the most useful change would be a better search engine for past posts, because I haven’t found that feature to work well, e.g. I search for something I know is in the post and don’t find the post.

Lorie said: Apr 7, 2006
3 posts

Maybe, given that some people like the messages divided up and some don’t, there could be a 4th forum which includes all messages together (combined across all the forums) as before, so people who prefer that could continue to see them that way. I would prefer to have this option for all the messages (read and unread) rather than only for my unread messages.

Lisa said: Apr 12, 2006
Lisa Lederer
Suzuki Association Member
Boston, MA
11 posts

I also preferred one general forum. I liked being able to see all of the posts and I did not find it a problem to pick and choose between what I wanted to read and what I didn’t. I agree with honeybee that it’s a hassle to look at 3 different forums. What about changing it back to one forum?

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