How did the U.S. get the Suzuki Method of teaching violin

John Kendall! Born on August 30, 1917, Kendall helped revitalize string playing in the United States in the early 1960’s when he embraced  Suzuki’s revolutionary belief that every child can play the violin!   Kendall recognized that Suzuki had created a method to make this possible. Kendall brought the Suzuki Method to America, in every sense. He … Continue reading “How did the U.S. get the Suzuki Method of teaching violin”

Did you surprise yourself?

“Did you surprise yourself?” My colleague Brecklyn Smith Ferrin, a Suzuki violin teacher and SECE teacher in Utah as well as a Suzuki mom, recently posted about her almost 5 year-old son who was at the beginning of his Suzuki violin journey with his teacher. He was frustrated and exclaimed words we all have heard, “I … Continue reading “Did you surprise yourself?”

What is the Suzuki environment?

What did Dr. Suzuki mean by environment? When Dr. Suzuki first began to develop a system for teaching children to play the violin, he came to the conclusion that every child had the ability to play the violin.  That was really a shock to most people who had felt only certain children were born with … Continue reading “What is the Suzuki environment?”

Happy 4th of July 2017!

Happy Birthday, USA! A Capitol Fourth, July 4th, 2017, is always a good website for information and links to the events in DC. Suzuki students know the benefits of listening to music.  Why not add John Philip Sousa to your list? Listen to John Philip Sousa’s Patriotic Marches. He wrote 135 marches.  “Stars and Stripes Forever” top … Continue reading “Happy 4th of July 2017!”

4 Reasons: The violin, great choice for first instrument

Taking music lessons helps children in many ways such as improving math, comprehension, and problem solving skills.  When parents are thinking of starting their child on a musical instrument, which one should they think about? Out of all the musical instruments to choose from, why choose the violin? Here are 4 reasons why the violin is … Continue reading “4 Reasons: The violin, great choice for first instrument”

Kids don’t like to be ordered around: what to do about it.

I can’t speak for you, but many adults don’t like to be ordered around either. If you try to look at the world from a child’s point of view, you find they are ordered around all day long—most of it for good reason. We have to keep them safe and healthy, teach them life skills … Continue reading “Kids don’t like to be ordered around: what to do about it.”

It’s easy to raise musical kids!

Raising Musical Kids: A Guide for Parents, Robert Cutietta Cutietta believes that NOW is a time when it’s easier to raise musical kids than ever before. He talks about “the challenges, joys and importance of getting the best possible music education for children.” From the many ideas in his book, two stand out: listening to good … Continue reading “It’s easy to raise musical kids!”

A Process for Practice

Musicians and teachers are keenly aware of the importance of practice without which the best intentioned student or parent will see little progress.  In her book,  Rosindust, Cornelia Watkins begins by reporting a conversation with a frustrated student about her practice. When Watkins asked the student what she thinks about while she practices, the student responded, … Continue reading “A Process for Practice”

Thoughtless Repetition -bad & ugly!

Repetition is fundamental, but bad and ugly? One of my favorite Suzuki violin podcasts is the Teach Suzuki Podcast by Paula Bird.  Dr. Bird is an accomplished professional violinist and pianist, a college professor, and a private Suzuki teacher in Texas. The episode, “Reflections-Repeatedy Aiming for Better Things” discusses “the importance of perfect repetition in order to build good habits … Continue reading “Thoughtless Repetition -bad & ugly!”

Suzuki Love!

Our studio supports and uses the Suzuki Method for teaching violin! For so many reasons, it works. Because of this method, very young children learn to play one of the most capricious and difficult instruments.  How can this be?  It is because Dr. Shinichi Suzuki analyzed how to play the violin and how young children learn their … Continue reading “Suzuki Love!”

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