Brecklyn talks to Mia Bleu about performing for her stuffed animals and the importance of stretch breaks. Listening suggestion: Chris Thile, Bach Sonatas and Partitas Practice suggestion: Break it up. Smaller sessions throughout the day. Brecklyn Ferrin teaches Suzuki violin lessons and Suzuki Early Childhood Education classes in Kaysville, Farmington, and Salt Lake City, Utah. […]
As an extrovert, I live for opportunities to interact with my students, friends, and colleagues. Attending summer institutes each summer is one of the highlights of my entire year. This year I was planning to take my 7 year old violinist for his second time, and my five year old cellist for his first time. […]
Brecklyn talks to Rita about the difficulty of starting something new and the pride of accomplishing it. Practice Suggestion: Isolate the rhythm. Practice the rhythm on one note or string. Listening Suggestion: Little Women soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat Here’s a link to Rita, Martin, & Emily’s family band on Youtube! McKenzie Clawson is a Suzuki […]
Brecklyn talks to Della about fun practice games and learning O Come Little Children on her own. McKenzie Clawson is a Suzuki violin teacher in Kaysville, Utah. She is a Suzuki parent of one 5 year old violinist, a 3 year old, and an Australian shepherd. Brecklyn Ferrin teaches Suzuki violin lessons and Suzuki Early […]
Now that I have a couple years of Suzuki parenting behind me, and two children in lessons, I’ve spent some time reflecting on how my children’s teachers have supported me as the practice parent and what I can do to better support the parents in my studio. As a teacher, I sometimes forget that the […]
Brecklyn talks to Frankie about why she chose the violin, practicing three times a day, and fun group lesson games. Frankie recommends this book. Listening Suggestion of the week: Franck Violin Sonata played by Itzhak Perlman. Practice Suggestion of the week: Pick a go to and a back up practice time.
You may be surprised by my answer, and not long ago, I would have been too. I would have said, “Absolutely not. I will not let my children switch instruments.” My reasons for this stance were good. And to some extent, I stand behind them still. I didn’t (and still don’t) want my children to […]
Brecklyn talks to Audrey about how practicing is like brushing your teeth and some great ideas for practice fun. Listening Suggestion: String Quartet in F Major by Maurice Ravel Practice Suggestion: One handed practice. Listen to this week’s episode on the SPP Parent Edition podcast here. We discuss great ways to transition to practice.
Brecklyn talks to Kerissa about learning to read music, reviewing every day, and the thrill of learning something new. Tip of the week: put your number one practice goal on a big sheet of paper. Listening suggestion of the week: I‘m Not Perfect by Laurie Berkner. Thank you to Neil and Rachel of Chili Dog Strings for […]
Brecklyn talks to Aliya about playing in a quartet, taking cello lessons from her mom, and the power of a checklist. She also recommends two books: Bliss and Percy Jackson Tip of the week- Use a timer Listening suggestion of the week- Korngold Violin Concerto in D Major Thank you to Neil and Rachel of Chili […]