014 TSP See, Hear, Feel

This episode of the Teach Suzuki Podcast discusses the three typical learning styles that people and students rely on when processing and communicating with each other. When parents and teachers are familiar with these three learning styles, teaching and learning can go smoother and quicker. These different styles are also good starting points for improving our skills of seeing, hearing, and feeling, whether these skills are our dominant style or not.

In this episode I also talk about some books that we use to learn to read music and rhythm. I provide you with some affiliate links here for those materials. You do not ever have to purchase anything, but if you are in the market to do so, I ask that you consider using one of my affiliate links to do so. The cost is still the same to you, but it will provide a benefit to me that will help me to maintain the blog and podcast episode production. I greatly appreciate it!

I Can Read Music by Joanne Martin: This series of reading books divides the task of learning to read into two parts: reading pitch and reading rhythm. My students really enjoy this slower paced book, especially when they can play the rhythm page with the “awesome rhythm sticks.”

Rhythm Train books by Dana Bowen: These books visually represent easy ways to learn rhythms using animal names. All of my students find these books quite entertaining and easy to use to learn rhythms. The books also include large flashcards and many practice sheets. I have used the books in lessons and group classes both.

Rhythm Sticks: These are some of the many “awesome” rhythm sticks that my students look forward to using in lessons and group classes. Enjoy! Having many sticks of various colors makes selection time fun for students!

And here is a link to the poem by John Godfrey Saxe about the blind men and the elephant: Blind Men and the Elephant.

Please be sure to leave me a comment if you figure out what your learning style is or that of your student or child. It is always fun to play with these styles.

If 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 paulabirdviolin@gmail.com.

You may find more information and useful articles on my blog at: http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2016 by Paula E. Bird

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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