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.
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 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 […]