Jody said: Mar 22, 2010
Suzuki Association Member
Cello, Suzuki in the Schools
Coral Springs, FL
6 posts

What choices do you give students?

Michelle said: Mar 22, 2010
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
25 posts

Always a choice between two things, either of which would be acceptable.

Would you like to review Song of the Wind or Go Tell Aunt Rhody first?

Would you like to play with violin harmony, or piano accompaniment?

Would you like to play with me, or by yourself?

Would you like red lines or white lines?

Would you like to do reading first or scales?

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Ruth Brons said: Mar 23, 2010
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Livingston, NJ
148 posts

It is important to offer such choices to students, such as violajack describes, as a means of giving empowerment and ownership to young musicians over their violin playing. It is important to create a lesson environment from Pre-Twinkle on where self-expression is nurtured. So offering choices between acceptable options also extends to artistic decisions, such as: shall we play this part soft or loud? would you like to do a trill here, or a grace note? repeat or no repeat?

Ruth Brons
Inventor of Bow Hold Buddies[tm] Bow Hold Accessory for Beginners

Mark said: Jun 28, 2010
Suzuki Association Member
20 posts

I often structure a lesson, especially with very young children, where I have a set of differently coloured cards. One colour belongs to me, another to the parent and the other to the child. The numbers on the cards range form 1 to 4. The child chooses at random from the deck and turns over 4 or 5 cards. If the child turns over his/her color the child chooses the activity or their choice to be performed the number of times on the card. The cards are then ‘performed’ in order that they were chosen. The second card might be the parents color, so they choose the activity. If the next card is my card, I choose the acitivity and the number of times it is perfomed is determined by the number on my card. It’s great fun and most 3 and 4 year olds can concentrate for an entire 1/2 hour lesson using this strategy.

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