Question about listening to repertoire

said: Jan 29, 2007
 3 posts

I’m trying to fill in the gaps in my Suzuki parent training. There was almost none to speak of when my middle son started Suzuki, and when we moved here, everyone just assumed I knew everything already. I did take a parent class here, but there are still things I’m not sure about, and there usually isn’t enough time before or after lessons to ask their teachers.

How many times per day should they be listening to:

  1. “Old” repertoire?
  2. Their polished piece?
  3. Their current piece?
  4. Upcoming repertoire? How many pieces ahead?
Heidi said: Jan 30, 2007
 Violin
33 posts

Kay Collier Sloane has a chapter about listening in her book “They’re rarely too young and never too old to Twinkle”. Her guidelines:
20-50 times a day for the current piece
10-20 times a day for the old pieces (review)
20-50 times a day for the next piece coming up.

Her book was written before the days of CDs and iPods, back when “records” were taped onto cassettes that many times…

I show my students this chapter, but I really wonder if anyone ever listens that much. Does anyone out there do it?

Gabriel Villasurda said: Jan 30, 2007
Gabriel VillasurdaViolin, Viola
81 posts

It is difficult to give you numbers for your questions. At the risk of sounding glib, the short answer would be as many times as needed.

Students listen on many, many levels. At some point they only perceive that some music is playing. At the other extreme, advanced students are listening for nuances. Neither does the value of listening doesn’t end with the performance. We all hope that listening in some form will go on for a lifetime.

Send me your e-mail address in a private message and I’ll send you a document I came up with some years back that gives dozens of levels or stages of listening.

Gabriel Villasurda
http://www.stringskills.com

Gabriel Villasurda
Ann Arbor MI
www.stringskills.com

said: Jan 30, 2007
 3 posts

Gabriel Villasurda

It is difficult to give you numbers for your questions. At the risk of sounding glib, the short answer would be as many times as needed.

How do you determine that?

Students listen on many, many levels. At some point they only perceive that some music is playing. At the other extreme, advanced students are listening for nuances.

That makes sense.

If it helps any, my children are:

18yo cellist, middle of Book 4
14yo violist, end of Book 3
10yo violinist, end of Book 1
5yo violinist, pre-Twinkler

The 14yo started 7 years ago with a 1.5-year gap (when we moved), the 18yo and 10yo have been playing 3 years, and the 5yo started last fall. (In addition, I have a 20yo violinist, away at college now, who graduated from the program in 2005. He’s in Book 6 and has also been playing 3 years.) As you can see, we have a LOT of repertoire to listen to, and we’re trying to fit it all in.

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