087 TSP It’s That Time of Year (Christmas, New Year)

Every year at this time, I go through a life examination and goal setting process. I rely on an old friend: Your Best Year Yet! by Jinny S. Ditzler:

This little book has been my friendly companion through every holiday season for years! The author sets out 10 simple questions that help me examine my life in the past year in a way that provides helpful insight and directed focus for achieving even better results in the year to come.

This episode looks in depth at each of the 10 simple questions. If you are interested in purchasing the book, please consider clicking on the image above. Using this link will provide a small benefit to the Teach Suzuki podcast at no extra cost to you.


For the remainder of the 2017 holiday season, I am offering my book at a 35% discount. This is a great way to provide support to the Teach Suzuki podcast and blog. Click here to get the discount. The discount will show up at the final part of the check out process.

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 —–

© 2017 by Paula E. Bird

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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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