PARENTS’ PAGE

Information about shopping for a violin…

Some of your children will be moving up to a larger size of violin this year.  Click on these links for Guides on Selecting a Violin.

Another Guide to Buying a Violin

OUR GOALS AND ROLES:

Parental involvement:

This is a great opportunity for you to learn to enjoy your child more as he or she discovers music.  I am your child’s teacher on one day of the week. You can easily see how much I enjoy teaching your child.  You, the parent, are the teacher on the other six days.   Together, we create a positive, enjoyable environment for learning.   Enjoy your child.

Listening

Play the CD for the child all the time.   We want the student to thoroughly know each piece of music BEFORE they begin to play it on the violin.   The student must be able to sing or hum the melody before trying to play it on the violin.   Constant exposure to the music is also a strong motivating force.  If your child doesn’t want to practice, then you must play the CD more.

Good posture.
Standing up straight with relaxed knees.  The knees should not be locked back.  The legs should be loose and flexible.  Hold the violin on the shoulder, with the chin or jaw.   The violin should be held slightly to the side, not out in front.  The student should turn their head to their left in order to hold the violin. Both hands should be relaxed.  The student should not grip tightly either the bow or the neck of the instrument.

Good study habits:
Establish a time every day as violin time.   If your family schedule is too hectic, then design a practice schedule that fits your lifestyle.   Your child should play everyday.   Schedule somedays for review of the lesson.  Make other days “performance” days.  The child can give a concert to the family before or after dinner, or before bed-time.

Repetition
Make sure that your child repeats the lesson activities every day.   At first, we use repetition to establish the basic skills or to correct poor posture habits, such as an incorrect bow hold.    If you see poor posture during the week, correct it repeatedly.  Observe how the teacher corrects the student during the lesson.   Follow the example of the teacher, and correct your child repeatedly.

Repeat the CD unceasingly!  The student will make progress faster and easier if they hear the music constantly, everyday, all day!  Play the CD even when the kids are watching TV !

Music on TV

If you have TimeWarner Cable, you can listen to classical music on channels 640 and 641.  Also, watch for music programs on channels 13, 21, and 75.

INFORMATIVE LINKS, Please explore them!

 

Very good instructions for parents

Suzuki Association of the Americas

For parents of new students.

German Suzuki page

Informacion para los padres de nuevos estudiantes

En Français

Il Metodo Suzuki

Die Muttersprachenmethode

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More info about Suzuki method

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