Articles for Parents

Thank You, Suzuki Parents:
Everything You Do is Much Appreciated

September 3, 2015 by Merlin Thompson

Thank you, Suzuki parents. You do an amazing job. We teachers cannot even begin to express how deeply we value who you are—your vision, your commitment, your love for your child and music. Read more ▶

SYOA: Students, Parents and Teacher Share Their Experiences

May 25, 2011 by Isabelle Aboaf, McCall Andersen, Sally Gross, Leah Keane, Deborah Moench

I attended as a first violinist in SYOA 2 this past year, the fourteenth biennial conference. SYOA was the best experience I have had throughout my musical education. Read more ▶

Audio from Parents as Partners 2008

October 13, 2008

The Parents as Partners sessions from the 2008 Conference are available below as audio files. You can listen to them right from this page, or download the files to listen to later. Supporting Your Teacher Diane Schroeder, Board Chair and former parent… Read more ▶

Balancing

June 1, 2008 by Rebecca Moore

Memorizing forty digits of pi? No problem. I’ve already memorized Toccata by Khachaturian when I was eleven and Concerto No. 1 by Bach last year. Choreographing counts of eight for my gymnastics floor routine? I already know how to count beats… Read more ▶

On Suzuki, Violin, and Life

June 1, 2008 by Alvaro Soltero

On my fifth birthday my sister came home with a violin. That was how it all started. This is how I came to know Martin Goldman. This is how I came to know the violin. At first, I hated it.… Read more ▶

The Ins and Outs of Progress

June 1, 2006 by Lamar Blum

Our recent Recital Week gave all who attended a glimpse of music students in action. Pieces had been polished and rehearsed. Students dressed up. Parents provided tempting treats. The excitement of wanting to hear each student play buzzed through the… Read more ▶

The Parent as Mentor

June 1, 2004 by Tamara Linn

The Suzuki parent is a powerful mentor. Well, that’s a rather obvious fact, but perhaps one worth pondering for a moment. Our actions often reach farther than we realize. First of all, the parent is a mentor to his/her child. As… Read more ▶

Daily “Chore” or “Joy?” Why Listen?

June 1, 2004 by Janice Peters

Our lives are all so busy so it is easy fall prey to the temptation of skipping daily listening or daily practice or both. So think of what happens when we skip? Why do we need to be faithful to… Read more ▶

101 Ways to Practice One Note, One Measure, One Line...

June 1, 2003 by Sue Evans

Play it your age. Tape it. Pick an UNO Card. Throw the dice or die. Wear a funny hat. Wear funny glasses. Left foot in the air. Right foot in the air. Eyes on the ceiling. Eyes closed. With toothbrush in mouth. With gloves on. With Kleenex on keys. Write a story to… Read more ▶

Taking Notes at Lessons: Practical Tips for Parents

June 1, 2001 by Heidi Ehle

Continuity is a crucial part of learning an instrument, and the link that provides continuity between lessons and practice is your precious notes! Having been a Suzuki parent, I know that in a busy day sometimes you sink into the… Read more ▶

I Love to Practice!

June 1, 2000 by Joanne Bath

“I love to practice!” That’s what we all want our children to say. Here are some ideas for how parents can get there without resorting to things they wish they hadn’t! These suggestions can keep you motivated so that you… Read more ▶

Note Reading Ideas

June 1, 2000 by Ramona Stirling

Is your child frustrated when playing in orchestra at a Suzuki Institute? The note reading skills of some Suzuki students do not match their wonderful playing skills. Since students have different ways of learning, some will learn to read music… Read more ▶

Lead with a Smile! Making the Most of a Suzuki Institute

June 1, 1998 by Joanne Bath, Pamela Bath Kelly

With the proper attitude and preparation, an institute can be, a powerful investment in your child’s musical process, and can be a pivotal point in your family’s musical year. Just as important as your musical preparation is your approach to… Read more ▶

The ABC’s of Group Experience

June 1, 1997 by Jacqueline Maurer

Arrival Arrive early with time for unpacking and tuning and time to catch your breath! Help the class to start on time! Behaviors Loving, courteous and respectful behaviors are cultivated. We try to respect each other and others’ feelings. Community People working on common goals… Read more ▶

25 Nonviolent Discipline Options

June 1, 1994 by Pam Kemp

Discipline, related to the word “disciple,” implies learning from a master teacher. Like it or not, we parents are our children’s primary master teachers. Read more ▶

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