Practicing with your child can be rough. Tantrums, stall tactics, power struggles, Suzuki parents are on the front lines and we all need some extra inspiration occasionally. If you are looking to breathe some new life into your practice routine with your Suzuki student, don’t fret! I have gathered these practice tips for Suzuki parents from all around the web to help you make practicing more fun and engaging for your children.
1. I am crazy about review. I love review. I think that one of the best ways to keep your kids feeling confident about their playing (not to mention improving their playing) is to really focus on review. My students know, I love review for working on technical issues and introducing new concepts. These review spinners look like a great way to add some fun to your review practice, and they look like something I could actually make, which is a huge plus.
2. How do we get our kids to love practicing? Joanne Bath, a Professor of Suzuki Pedagogy, SAA-registered Violin Teacher Trainer, and a former SAA Board member, shared her tips for doing just that in this article on the SAA website. There were some wonderful tips and ideas here that I think every parent (and teacher!) needs to know.
3. Sometimes you just can’t get in a full practice session. Life gets crazy, kids get tired, maybe your schedule is overstuffed… Rather than skipping the practice session altogether, try some of these ideas for what to do when your child is too tired to practice…
4. One of the most important Suzuki parent responsibilities is taking notes in the child’s lesson. It’s difficult to be the teacher at home if you can’t remember what happened in the lesson! Here are some practical tips for taking notes at lessons.
5. Speaking of review, I just can’t get enough of it! More review! More creative ideas for making review fun! Here’s a list of ten review practice ideas for your Suzuki student.
Please share your favorite Suzuki Parent practice tips in the comments!