Introduction: Winning the War on Robots

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One of the most common and pernicious criticisms of Suzuki students is that they play like robots. Unfortunately, our common repertoire and the ease and automaticity with which kids can internalize repertoire and technique makes our students especially vulnerable to this phenomenon. One of the most fundamental challenges for a Suzuki teacher and parent is: how do we simultaneously inculcate a natural ease of technique while simultaneously cultivating thoughtful, expressive, spontaneous, and coachable artists?

This talk will offer specific techniques that can be used in practice and lessons to encourage students to interfere with the robot and foster sensitive musicians who are in control of mind, body, and heart.

Video by David Strom

David Strom

David Strom resides in the Washington, DC, area, where he co-directs the Northern Virginia Suzuki Music School in Mclean, VA, with Ronda Cole and the Herndon Suzuki School in Ashburn, VA, with Will Hurd. Mr. Strom is an SAA Registered Teacher Trainer. He is a frequent clinician at workshops and institutes around the country. He holds a BM from the Hartt School and an MM from the University of Maryland. David is a former Suzuki kid, and proud father of daughter Juliet.

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