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Learning is hard work, right? Practicing is a boring chore. Does it have to be drudgery? Can it be fun? Can we enjoy practicing and teaching?
I interviewed Beth Ringel, Suzuki Cello teacher and President of the Greater Austin Suzuki Association about the importance of adding play into the practice and learning mix. Beth discussed several important educational theorists and their views about how we learn and how play can help the learning process.
Here are some of the resources and podcast reflections that I mentioned in the podcast episode:
My Child Refuses to Practice (article by Beth Ringel)
The Importance of Music Education (article by Paula E. Bird)
Why Study Music? (podcast episode 52)
Steps to Putting the Violin on the Shoulder (article)
The Wheel of Music (article about the giant spinning wheel)
Giant Tabletop Dry-Erase Spinning Wheel (affiliate link)
Ability Development From Age Zero by Shinichi Suzuki (Kindle version)
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