Waiting for Classes

Eve Weiss said: Oct 8, 2007
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Are there any Suzuki schools that have solved the problem of what students can do inside while waiting for a class? Our music school is located in New York City and there are no spaces outside to run around. Aome fkids need to wait several times a day between lessons and classes.

Jennifer Visick said: Sep 14, 2009
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I bought a package of wikki stix (http://www.wikkistix.com/) on the off chance that I could cut them short and use them as temporary “bow markers”. They don’t work well for this because when the bow hair is loosened, the hair sticks to them.

However, I had them lying around during a lesson when the student’s younger siblings asked if they could play with them, and they ended up being a great thing to occupy small hands (quietly, cleanly) while waiting around.

I’ve seen kids doing homework, drawing, doing music theory on computers, snacking, napping, or (gasp!) listening to music (ipods) or even paying attention to another student’s lesson while waiting during lessons and group classes.

said: Sep 15, 2009
 89 posts

Could you hang a large sheet of paper on the wall and supply a bucket of crayons for a group mural?

Another idea that would involve some background work for you: organize weekly/monthly themes or contests with associated projects—composer of the month with coloring sheets, draw your favorite part of practicing, write a letter to your teacher, enter your solution to a riddle (a cute bulletin board at our music school included answer to the question “Who was Anonymous?”).

I’m assuming that you don’t want to clutter up the hallways with puzzles and games. but if you do, I’d suggest getting self-contained ones so you don’t spend a lot of time picking up pieces.

Sara said: Sep 15, 2009
191 posts

The music studio where I taught for nearly five years had a small bucket of legos. Students never tired of them. Also legos are great for mind building especially young children, but my 7 and 8 year old’s also benefited.
Here is a website with more information http://cache.lego.com/upload/contentTemplating/ParentsFeatures/otherfiles/2057/upload33D675C0-07BA-40AB-A71C-9573D0E52021.pdf

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Jennifer Visick said: Oct 12, 2009
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steel music stand + magentic poetry

Notes: Manhassets are usually aluminum and thus won’t work for this idea. Use a stand with a solid flat desk, not the folding kind nor the kind with holes in the desk. Sort through one or more of the themed magnetic poetry kits for appropriate words. Some of the themed kits contain words that parents may consider offensive… so do sort for appropriateness first or get a “kids” marketed version. Use a limited number of words per stand—perhaps splitting one m.p. kit between 2 or 3 stands in front of different rooms or hallways in your school.[/size]

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