Brecklyn talks to Anna Cate about her homeschool orchestra, the hardest part of practicing, and how her mom helps her focus. Anna Cate’s reading suggestions: Redwall by Brian Jacques, Vanderbeeker series by Karina Yan Glaser. Practice Suggestion: Practice when you get home from your lesson. Read more suggestions from Dr. Molly Gebrian. Listening Suggestion: Scheherazade, […]
Congratulations! You’ve established a great practice routine with your Suzuki student, you know what time you’re going to practice on any given day of the week, and you have made progress on transitioning easily to practice. What now? Have you achieved practice perfection? The next question to ask yourself is; how effective is this practice […]
Brecklyn talks to Della about the pain of Kreutzer, homeschooling two periods a day to get practice time in, and the struggle to play in tune. Listening Suggestion: Montagues and the Capulets, from Suite No. 2, from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 Practice Suggestion: Alternate playing slow for accuracy, and fast for technique.
Brecklyn talks to Lily about distractions while practicing, specific assignments from teachers, and practice partners. Listening Suggestion: “Nocturne” by Lili Boulanger Practice Suggestion: Play slow.
Brecklyn talks to Sofia about performing on Little Big Shots, disagreeing with your teacher, and playing different genres. Listening Suggestion: Classics for Kids podcast Practice Suggestion: Use some of your practice time for fun improvisation. Here’s one resource you could use. Sofia’s single on iTunes. Sofia’s instagram. Check out our Patreon here.
Brecklyn talks to Owen about the hardest part of playing the violin, practicing games, and how is teacher makes things fun. McKenzie’s Listening Suggestion: The Golden Age by violinist, Ray Chen Brecklyn’s Practice Suggestion: Use dice to randomize practice activities or decide number of repetitions.
I spent my first few years as a Suzuki violin teacher wishing and wishing for younger students. I wanted to be a real Suzuki teacher and real Suzuki teachers had really young beginners. I was actually disappointed when I got a beginning student that was 11 or older because I thought they were taking space […]
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As a child, I loved Mr. Rogers and my childhood violin teacher for the same two reasons. 1) They were consistently kind. 2) They treated me with respect. As a child, I was constantly annoyed with adults who seemed to treat me with less respect and attention than they would other adults. To my childhood […]
I have heard about the magic of Suzuki Early Childhood Education (SECE) classes for years, but I really saw it when I started attending SECE with my two year old. Before we started, I read that SECE would help my son with patience, vocabulary, and rhythm, and it has. But more importantly, it has given […]