073 TSP Habit 6: Synergize

Suzuki teachers and parents need to think  about Stephen Covey’s habit 6, synergize, in order to be effective in relationships with others. This is the sixth habit in the series of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers and Parents, based on the 7 Habits as set out by Stephen R. Covey. This episode discusses the importance of synergy in our relationships and offers ideas for how to build more of it in the Suzuki relationships.

Here are links to the resources mentioned in the podcast (affiliate links):

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (here is the Kindle version)

7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers & Parents (podcast)

Habit 1: Be Proactive | Take Charge (podcast)

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind | Scrooge & the Future Ghost (podcast)

Habit 3: Put First Things First | Manage Yourself (podcast)

Habit 4: Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood

Habit 5: Think “Win/Win”

Top 10 Things a Suzuki Parent Should Know (including the Suzuki Triangle)

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If you are a parent of a beginning violin student and looking for help in between lessons, consider my book The Twinkle Project as a resource of teaching points, learning steps, and games and activities to assist the parent in practicing at home. I include a great deal of information, tools, worksheets, and checklists to assist parents. A parent who struggles to remember what to do in between weekly lessons will find all the answers in this book.

Many teachers will also find this book a helpful resource because it gathers in one place all the information to be used to teach a beginning violin student from the initial start up steps to the point of performing all the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star variations. I have included all the tiny steps that I use when I begin a young violin student.

wonderful resource and guide that has all the nuts and bolts organized so nicely for the twinkle stages of study … looking forward to sharing with parents as a useful tool towards goal setting, pacing and achievement! — MD Suzuki teacher

For more information about The Twinkle Project, including the two short movies that explain why I wrote the book and give a good overview of what the book is about and what it contains, visit here. You can purchase the book here.

If you have questions or answers or you would like to comment or leave me a voice mail, you can do so at (512) 537-6356. If you would like to send me an email, you may do so at paula@teachsuzuki.com. I welcome comments and questions about this episode and am interested in hearing about the perspective of other parents and teachers.

You may find more information and useful articles on my blog at: Teach Suzuki Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

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Reflections — Are Parent Assumptions Wrong?

Dr. Suzuki cautioned parents not to make wrong assumptions about the intelligence of their children. He suggested that parents may confuse differences in their children’s intelligence with differences in the children’s environment.

This episode is part of the “Reflections” series of podcast episodes, which are short, minutes long reflections about a quote or other thought from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy or writing. The purpose of these reflections is to give parents and teachers a chance to spend a few minutes thinking about how great the impact might be on the world and our children with merely a slight moment of reflection about a behavior, thought, or attitude.

If you have a comment or suggestion, you can leave me a voice message on my voicemail line at 512-537-6356 or send me an email at paula@teachsuzuki.com.

For more information and articles, visit my blog at:

http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

If you would like to make a donation to support the Teach Suzuki Podcast and the blog, click here to donate.

072 TSP Habit 5: Think “Win/Win”

Suzuki teachers and parents need to think  about Stephen Covey’s habit 5, “win/win,” in order to be effective in relationships with others. This is the fifth habit in the series of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers and Parents, based on the 7 Habits as set out by Stephen R. Covey. This episode discusses the importance of the quality of our relationships and behaviors that contribute to building a trusting relationship with others.

Here are links to the resources mentioned in the podcast (affiliate links):

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (here is the Kindle version)

7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers & Parents (podcast)

Habit 1: Be Proactive | Take Charge (podcast)

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind | Scrooge & the Future Ghost (podcast)

Habit 3: Put First Things First | Manage Yourself (podcast)

Habit 4:Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood | Listen From the Heart

Good Parenting & the Parent Report Card (podcast)

10 Rules for Success for Suzuki Parents (blog article)

If you have questions or answers or you would like to comment or leave me a voice mail, you can do so at (512) 537-6356. If you would like to send me an email, you may do so at paula@teachsuzuki.com. I welcome comments and questions about this episode and am interested in hearing about the perspective of other parents and teachers.

You may find more information and useful articles on my blog at: Teach Suzuki Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

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Reflections — Grandparents Can Help

This reflection discusses Dr. Suzuki’s advice about how parents can speak to grandparents and enlist their help to improve the child’s home environment.

This episode is part of the “Reflections” series of podcast episodes, which are short, minutes long reflections about a quote or other thought from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy or writing. The purpose of these reflections is to give parents and teachers a chance to spend a few minutes thinking about how great the impact might be on the world and our children with merely a slight moment of reflection about a behavior, thought, or attitude.

If you have a comment or suggestion, you can leave me a voice message on my voicemail line at 512-537-6356 or send me an email at paula@teachsuzuki.com.

For more information and articles, visit my blog at:

http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

If you would like to make a donation to support the Teach Suzuki Podcast and the blog, click here to donate.

071 TSP Habit 4: Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood | Listen From the Heart

Stephen Covey’s Habit 4 advises Suzuki teachers and parents to seek first to understand, then be understood in order to be effective when working with children. This type of listening from the heart can be one of the hardest habits to develop because it demands that we actually share the feelings and thoughts of others before we communicate our own.

This is the fourth habit in the series of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers and Parents, based on the 7 Habits as set out by Stephen R. Covey. This episode discusses how habit 4 might look from the teacher’s or parent’s perspective and offers a few ideas about how to manage habit 4.

Here are links to the resources mentioned in the podcast (affiliate links):

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (here is the Kindle version)

067: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers & Parents (podcast episode that introduces the series)

Habit 1: Be Proactive | Take Charge (podcast)

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind | Scrooge & the Future Ghost (podcast)

Habit 3: Put First Things First | Manage Yourself (podcast)

Brene Brown’s video about empathy (video)

Asking the Right Questions (podcast)

If you have questions or answers or you would like to comment or leave me a voice mail, you can do so at (512) 537-6356. If you would like to send me an email, you may do so at paula@teachsuzuki.com. I welcome comments and questions about this episode and am interested in hearing about the perspective of other parents and teachers.

You may find more information and useful articles on my blog at: Teach Suzuki Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

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Reflections — Questions for Life Reflection

This reflection offers four important questions that would have an important impact on one’s life if asked regularly.

This episode is part of the “Reflections” series of podcast episodes, which are short, minutes long reflections about a quote or other thought from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy or writing. The purpose of these reflections is to give parents and teachers a chance to spend a few minutes thinking about how great the impact might be on the world and our children with merely a slight moment of reflection about a behavior, thought, or attitude.

If you have a comment or suggestion, you can leave me a voice message on my voicemail line at 512-537-6356 or send me an email at paula@teachsuzuki.com.

For more information and articles, visit my blog at:

http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

If you would like to make a donation to support the Teach Suzuki Podcast and the blog, click here to donate.

070 TSP Habit 3: Put First Things First | Manage Yourself

Stephen Covey’s Habit 3 advises Suzuki teachers and parents to put first things first in order to be effective when working with children. This is the third habit in the series of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers and Parents, based on the 7 Habits as set out by Stephen R. Covey. This episode discusses the importance of setting priorities and managing ourselves in order to be better at managing our time.

Here are links to the resources mentioned in the podcast (affiliate links):

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (here is the Kindle version)

067: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers & Parents (podcast episode that introduces the series)

068: Habit 1: Be Proactive | Take Charge (podcast)

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind | Scrooge & the Future Ghost (podcast)

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (here is the Kindle version)

The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green with Timothy Gallwey

If you have questions or answers or you would like to comment or leave me a voice mail, you can do so at (512) 537-6356. If you would like to send me an email, you may do so at paula@teachsuzuki.com. I welcome comments and questions about this episode and am interested in hearing about the perspective of other parents and teachers.

You may find more information and useful articles on my blog at: Teach Suzuki Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

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Reflections — Commitment to Raise Children

Dr. Suzuki thought that of all the work that a parent does, raising children was the most important. He raised the question of why parents were too busy to spend time developing their children’s abilities and urged parents instead to decide whether being busy or bringing up their children was the more important.

This episode is part of the “Reflections” series of podcast episodes, which are short, minutes long reflections about a quote or other thought from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy or writing. The purpose of these reflections is to give parents and teachers a chance to spend a few minutes thinking about how great the impact might be on the world and our children with merely a slight moment of reflection about a behavior, thought, or attitude.

If you have a comment or suggestion, you can leave me a voice message on my voicemail line at 512-537-6356 or send me an email at paula@teachsuzuki.com.

For more information and articles, visit my blog at:

http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

If you would like to make a donation to support the Teach Suzuki Podcast and the blog, click here to donate.

069 TSP Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind | Scrooge & the Future Ghost

Suzuki teachers and parents need to begin with the end in mind in order to be effective today. This is the second habit in the series of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers and Parents, based on the 7 Habits as set out by Stephen R. Covey. This episode discusses why it is important to decide what we want our legacy to be.

Here are links to the resources mentioned in the podcast (affiliate links):

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (Kindle version)

067: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Suzuki Teachers & Parents (podcast)

068: Habit 1: Be Proactive | Take Charge (podcast)

90-day Square (podcast)

90-day Square and other tools (blog article)

If you have questions or answers or you would like to comment or leave me a voice mail, you can do so at (512) 537-6356. If you would like to send me an email, you may do so at paula@teachsuzuki.com. I welcome comments and questions about this episode and am interested in hearing about the perspective of other parents and teachers.

You may find more information and useful articles on my blog at: Teach Suzuki Blog.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

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Reflections — Cultivate With Love

Dr. Suzuki thought that parents were cultivators and bore the ultimate responsibility for ability development. This episode asks the listener to question beliefs about a parent’s responsibility for the child’s education.

This episode is part of the “Reflections” series of podcast episodes, which are short, minutes long reflections about a quote or other thought from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy or writing. The purpose of these reflections is to give parents and teachers a chance to spend a few minutes thinking about how great the impact might be on the world and our children with merely a slight moment of reflection about a behavior, thought, or attitude.

If you have a comment or suggestion, you can leave me a voice message on my voicemail line at 512-537-6356 or send me an email at paula@teachsuzuki.com.

For more information and articles, visit my blog at:

http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

If you would like to make a donation to support the Teach Suzuki Podcast and the blog, click here to donate.