065 TSP Motivation | Let’s Build Momentum!

How do we stay motivated to practice and learn? What is motivation anyway? Is it something we can build within ourselves? How?

This episode looks closer at what it means to be “motivated” and explores some simple techniques to build or stay motivated. Perhaps the issue is as simple as techniques to build up momentum.

Here are links to the resources mentioned in the podcast:

Cold Shower Experiment in Self Reflection (podcast episode) (see below for the link to the cold shower video explanation)

How to Beat Burnout (podcast episode)

Because everyone should read Dr. Suzuki’s main books because of the valuable information, advice, and insight found in these tiny gems (takes about an hour to read each book), here are the affiliate links to these books:

Ability Development From Age Zero by Dr. Suzuki (Kindle version)

Nurtured by Love by Dr. Suzuki (Kindle version)

And, since many of you may be really eager to find out more about the cold shower experiment as a lesson in developing self discipline, check out this video. Very interesting experiment!


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 —–

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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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