what helped parents most to understand the impact of Suzuki

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said: Feb 26, 2007
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I am a teacher who wants to get some feedback from parents. I would like to know how you became familiar with the Suzuki method and learned the impact of the method on children. Which book or video was helpful? Which educational class and about what specific topic was beneficial? How did you decide on choosing a Suzuki teacher versus traditional violin teacher? What kind of advice would you give to a parent who just started the Suzuki lesson with a child? Your feedback will help me to help parents more. Thank you.

said: Feb 27, 2007
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Hi keepgoing,

Before my daughters started lessons, I read, “Nurtured by Love” by Suzuki from cover to cover. It is the one I found most helpful. When I find myself frustrated, I often refer back to the book. The section headings bolded in the text read like little fortune cookies and are often enough to set me back on course, for instance:

“With patience and repetition, the seed blossoms”

“Give money, do not lend it”

“Express gratitude, but do not ask for favors”

“Talent education is life education”

“Education rather than instruction”

“A game to begin with, the spirit of fun leads them on”

said: Feb 27, 2007
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i’m a suzuki parent(about 5 mth old), and i’m already seeing results.

What new suzuki parents need to understand is that parent involvement is the key. Also, they need to know the importance of perfect practice.

What impresses me most about the suzuki method is the whole child philosophy. At the end of the day, its me, the parent and the child who grows as a person. Whether my kid finally learns the violin is secondary, i finally understand Dr Suzuki’s heart… :D

But if the parent/child/teacher follows the philosophy, slowly but surely the results will come.

Talent is not born, but created

said: Mar 1, 2007
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My mother went to a performance by the Japanese tour group and urged me to consider Suzuki training for my children. I enrolled them in a local university Suzuki program but really did not have any background or knowlege of the program myself. We stumbled along for many months (our teacher at the time did not require any reading or observation before beginning lesson). Then we attended a one day Suzuki workshop during spring break. I was stunned by how the children played. I started reading about what the Suzuki method really encompassed and became a quick convert. What I really liked during the early yearts was the later introduction of music reading. I remembered the joy I had when starting piano lessons and how quickly it became tedious as the music reading became more difficult. My kids were able to focus on playing and having fun with it.
I think observation of private lessons and group class before beginning are very enlightening for new families. They can see what is expected both from the parent and the student. Observing a young student in Book2 or3 as well as another Twinkler can show the parent how the kids progress and that there really is life after “Twinkle.” Of course, Nurtured by Love should be required reading before beginning lessons, as well.
I have 4 kids, the oldest 3 all finished all of the Suzuki repertoire and beyond, and the youngest is in Book 7. I work full-time, but have never regretted the time I spent practicing with my kids and taking them to lessons and institutes. Last night, I was looking at our local symphony’s website and noticed a new member in the orchestra is a young woman that attended the same summer institute we attended when my older kids were little. I remember the hilarious skit she and her sister did on skit night where they sang the “Doc Bubble,” the entire thing, both parts, along with bubble-blowing. Try to get your new families into a situation where they can talk to other parents early. It was so helpful to me to have some informal “mentoring.”
Good Luck!

said: Mar 1, 2007
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Thank you for sharing your experience. It was very helpful. I have tears in my eyes after reading such heart warming stories. All of you truly made my day!!!

said: Mar 18, 2007
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I would love Doc Bubble lyrics! Can you share them, kidadvocate?

said: Mar 19, 2007
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Well, there were no lyrics. They just sang the Bach Double with “La la la…” BUT here are my lyrics for “Gavotte from Mignon.”

The Pizza Song

Pizza is the food for me
Any kind is fine but would you hold the anchovies?
I like pepperoni pizza, I like pepperoni pizza,
I like pizza fixed any old way.
Pizza is the food for me
Any kind is fine but would you hold the anchovies?
I like pepperoni pizza, I like pepperoni pizza,
I like pizza for lunch every day.

Make it with a lot of cheese
Add a little hamburger or pepperoni
Please put on lots of tomato sauce
I like spicy sauce, very spicy sauce
Made with ONE tomato, TWO tomatoes, THREE tomatoes,
Make it with a lot of fresh and ripe tomatoes!

Pizza is the food for me!
Any kind is fine but would you hold the anchovies?
I like pepperoni pizza, I like pepperoni pizza,
I like pizza for lunch every day.

We can call Domino’s or Pizza Hut and have them deliver
A pizza tonight or maybe
We can call Mazzio’s or Mama’s Pizza
They can deliver a pizza just right
Made with ONE tomato, TWO tomatoes, THREE tomatoes,
Make it with a lot of fresh and ripe tomatoes!

Pizza is the food for me….(etc.)

Coda:
Pizza is the food for me!
Pizza is the food for me!
I like it hot, it hits the spot
It is the FOOD FOR ME!

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