006 TSP How to Take Notes at the Music Lesson

This episode explores in great depth the issue of a parent’s taking notes during a child’s music lesson, including some sample lessons and the kinds of notes that parents can record. I explain why taking notes is beneficial, and I explore reasons why parents might not find this task easy. The main purpose of this episode is to demystify the difficulty of taking notes. I explain what and how and give plenty of examples.

For a copy of the observation checklist that I offered, send me an email at http://paulabirdviolin@gmail.com. I will be happy to send you a copy of this form.

If you are interested in the YouTube video I mentioned about whether handwriting or electronic notetaking is better, visit:  http://www.inbound.com/blog/clive-thompson-bold-talks.

If you are as interested in trying out the pencils that are shown in the video, I highly recommend them! They are the Blackwing, and they are worth every penny!


I bought a box, and I assure you, I use one pencil at a time, and the pencil is never out of my sight! I found that my students enjoy using my special “world’s greatest pencil” and ask to use it frequently to TAKE THEIR OWN NOTES! If I had realized that a special pencil would motivate students to take more notes, I would have purchased this brand of pencil ages ago! This is an affiliate link, which means that I get a benefit when you purchase through this link. You are never under an obligation to buy anything that I suggest, but if you are already in the market to do so, the cost to you will be the same, and I will get a benefit to support the podcast recordings and the blog if you purchase through my link (and you have my greatest thanks!). And of course, who can buy a special “world’s greatest pencil” without the special eraser? Here’s the link:


If you would like to leave me a message on my voicemail, you can do so at: (512) 537-6356.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!


Author: Paula Bird

I am a professional violinist, university teacher, and private instructor with training in the Suzuki Method of Talent Education. I have decades of experience as a teacher and am willing to share my knowledge with parents and teachers of children who are learning music using the Suzuki Method.

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