Attention! Get the most out of Parents as Partners Online!
Read how programs in Manitoba, Ontario, and Indonesia utilize PPO and the resulting benefits! Many thanks to Robert Richardson, Wendy Seravalle-Smith, Therese Wirakesuma, Margot Jewell and their Suzuki parents for sharing these ideas!

Ideas for your studio

  • Share the gift of Suzuki inspiration by registering one or more parents for Parents as Partners Online.

  • Studio incentive: Challenge your parents to a New Year’s resolution of watching a talk a day!

  • Remind parents regularly to schedule PPO watching time throughout the five months’ PPO event.

  • Post signs within your studio listing talks you as a teacher recommend for that particular week. Call attention to highlights!

  • Post the Studio Promotional Flyer on your bulletin board to help encourage enrollment!

Interested in organizing a parent PPO gathering? Here are some effective ideas:

  • Schedule a parent potluck or wine-n-cheese get-together to share ideas from presentations they have already watched.

  • Assemble a group of parents to serve as a local PPO committee to choose discussion topic(s), to invite facilitator(s), and to secure space for any gatherings.

  • During group class time, arrange for parents to meet in a separate room, watch and discuss a topic while kids are occupied at group.

  • Offer two sessions on the same topic at staggered times, thus meeting parents’ needs the best.

  • Organize the weekly or monthly gatherings according to the topic headings listed on the PPO website.

  • Chose one or two videos from the same topic to discuss. Highlights of the talk are shared by a facilitator, and portions or all of the video are shown. A healthy question-answer may follow, led by a facilitator. Check out this list of helpful Discussion Questions to jump start your conversation.

  • Survey parents, inquiring which topics or videos would be of utmost interest for such gatherings.

  • Start a PPO Club! Similar to a book club, those participating would meet informally to discuss specific talks.

What benefits result from holding such parent gatherings?

  • Get-togethers allow parents a chance to have open discussions on PPO talks, share ideas in greater depth, and gain insights and perspectives from multiple families.

  • The talks provide a huge variety of methods and ideas to enhance practice, including games, technique, approaches to review, and more!

  • In-person gatherings enable parents to share frustrations and successes, and parents realize that all families share similar practice struggles (and joys!) from time-to-time.

  • Sessions provide parents a chance to meet other Suzuki parents within a program or studio and strengthen old friendships as well.

  • Through discussion, parents gain positive feedback, ideas, and advice from other parents—all of which are very empowering.

  • Both the talks and following discussions provide a better understanding of why teachers do the things the way they do, with supported research and experience.

  • Attending sessions empower and re-energize parents.

  • Watching the videos help reaffirm why we (parents) enrolled in a Suzuki program and reinforce the whole Suzuki philosophy of music.

  • The talks supplement parent education, and provide a fresh voice or perspective. In addition, they increase curiosity, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the Suzuki approach, developing a parent’s commitment and skill.

Download Parents as Partners Flyer