045 TSP How to Plan a Group Class

This episode of the Teach Suzuki podcast discusses the components and focused activities that might comprise a group class.

I discussed many helpful materials in this episode. Here are links to those items:

Shel Silverstein Books

Where the Sidewalk Ends

A Light in the Attic Special Edition

Falling Up

My Favorite Dr. Seuss Books

Go, Dog Go! (Do you like my hat?)

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (and be sure to read the book while listening to John Lithgow read it! (click here for the video)

Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection

Dr. Seuss’s Second Beginner Book Collection

Other Books and Recordings

Richard Scarry’s The Gingerbread Man

Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine

Carnival of the Animals (Camille Saint-Saens music/Ogden Nash verses)

Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky)

Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev/Gielgud narration)

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Britten)

My Favorite Group Class Teaching Books and items

Group Lessons for Suzuki Violin and Viola by Carolyn McCall

I Know a Fox with Dirty Socks by William Starr

Plastic Halloween Eyeballs (balance these on the hair and the bow stick)

Rhythm Activity Sticks

Links to other videos, podcast episodes, and blog articles

Episode 15: Asking the Right Questions (the power of the “what” and “how” questions)

Music Listening Resource List Article (building your child’s home listening library)

How to Teach a Suzuki Group Class (blog article)

Recipe for Suzuki Review (YouTube) (how to build a consistent and regular Suzuki review program)

The above links are affiliate links, which means that if you click on them, the podcast and blog may receive a small benefit. You are never under any obligation to purchase anything, but if do choose to purchase something and use these links, I greatly appreciate it and your support.

I you would like to visit my previous article about group classes on my blog, click here.

If you are interested in my simple group class planning form, click here for my Group Class Planning Template.

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: http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

© 2017 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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