Reflections: Smile (2016-04-24)

This is part of the “Reflections” series of podcast episodes, which are short, minutes long reflections about a quote or other thought from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy or writing. The purpose of these reflections is to give parents and teachers a chance to spend a few minutes thinking about how great the impact might be on the world and our children with merely a slight moment of reflection about a behavior, thought, or attitude.

This week’s reflection discusses the power of our facial expressions to affect the feelings of others. Have a listen and see if you too find that your smile could empower everyone around you.

004 TSP Top 10 Things a Suzuki Parent Should Know

This podcast episode sets out my top 10 list of things that I want my Suzuki student parents to know. I believe that these 10 things are basic steps that are crucial to a successful journey in the Suzuki Method world. I talk about these important topics:

1- The Suzuki Method

2 – The 6 Suzuki Method Philosophical points

3 – The Suzuki Triangle

4 – The importance of daily listening

5 – The importance of daily practice

6 – Understanding the personalities of the parent, child, and teacher

7 – Understanding the parenting style in the home and how to improve it

8 – The important points to help a child in home practices

9 – The important points to help a child at lessons

10 – The important points to help a child at group classes

Have a listen and see if you include these same points in your top 10 list. If you have more items to suggest, please contact me. You can leave me a voicemail on my voicemail line at: (512) 537-6356. Or you can email me at

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Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

 © 2016 by Paula E. Bird

Reflections: Smiling Faces (2016-04-17)

This is part of the “Reflections” series of podcast episodes, which are short, minutes long reflections about a quote from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.

This week’s reflection is about this quote: “The environment determines the person. This is very scary.” What happens if the parents line up the children in a row, oldest to youngest? What family history might be reflected in the children’s faces?

003 TSP — Are You Listening?

This episode digs down deep into the Suzuki Method requirement of daily listening to the repertoire that the child is studying and learning. This episode explores several scientific experiments that strongly suggest that the amount and kind of music that we listen to in our daily listening environment may have a positive or negative effect on our moods, our attitudes, and our physical states. The episode also relates several personal stories about listening that will encourage you to add more listening to your child’s learning environment. And finally, the episode offers many ways that we can add more music into our daily routine. Listen to this week’s episode and see if you agree that we need more music in our lives.

Here are some links the items that I talked about in the podcast episode:

Teach Suzuki Blog (blogspot)

The Mozart Effect by Don Campbell (This is an amazon affiliate link, so your purchase would help to fund this podcast)

Suzuki Association of the Americas

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Reflections: Stolen Moments (2016-04-10)

This is part of the “Reflections” series of podcast episodes, which are short, minutes long reflections about a quote from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.

This week’s reflection is about the quote: “Parents who wish to raise noble children should get rid of their own problems by self reflection.” Can you find moments throughout your day to prepare you to handle possible problems? Have a listen to this Reflections episode and see if you find some useful tips about how to steal such moments throughout your day.

002 TSP — The 6 Suzuki Philosophy Points

There are 6 basic philosophy points that the Suzuki Method focuses on. These 6 points are the foundation of a successful Suzuki journey. Does it matter whether parents and teachers share the belief in these 6 points? This podcast episode explores that topic and provides explanations and reasons why it is important for parents to believe in the Suzuki philosophy. As always, “does it matter?” is an important question to consider. This teacher believes the answer is “yes!”

001 – Teach Suzuki Podcast

Are you a parent with a child studying music using the Suzuki Method? Are you a teacher who uses the Suzuki Method? Are you a student learning with the Suzuki Method? If you are any one of these or perhaps someone who wants to learn more, join the Teach Suzuki Podcast community. Each week we will spend time talking about issues that arise during the Suzuki journey and how many parents, teachers, and students have approached and solved these problems.

This first episode answers the basic question: What is the Suzuki Method anyway? If you ever wondered how little children could play the violin, piano, or other instruments and sound amazing, then this podcast will help you to understand how the Suzuki Method works. If you want to learn how to be a better practice parent partner at home in between music lessons, this podcast will provide answers and suggestions. Come listen in to the Teach Suzuki Community, where we change the world — one child, one family, and one community at a time.

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My First WP Blog Post

This is my first blog post using WordPress. I created this site to host my new podcast episodes. Please join our Teach Suzuki community and share in the discussions that show up on our musical journey using the Suzuki Method. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or student who uses the Suzuki Method, you are welcome! Click on the podcast episodes for the most recent list of episodes and topics.