Musicians often experience pain in discomfort when playing or studying their instrument. Students often share these same painful experiences.
How can parents and teachers help young students avoid painful issues? This episode discusses this question and relates many personal stories of pain and discomfort in an effort to bring awareness of the large scope of the pain issue in the music world, for professionals and students alike.
I mentioned a few resources in the episode, and I find the information in both of the following publications to be quite useful. These are affiliate links, which means that if you use these links to order any of these resources, the podcast will receive a small benefit at no additional cost to you. You are never under any obligation to purchase anything, but if you do, please consider using the links that I have provided (click on the image).
How Muscles Learn: Teaching the Violin with the Body in Mind by Susan Kempter
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body by Benjamin and Barbara Conable
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I welcome comments and questions about this episode and am interested in hearing about the perspective of other parents and teachers.
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Until next time,
—– Paula —–
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