Teach Suzuki has a YouTube Channel, and the first video is live! If you struggle with the concept of reviewing the songs that you have learned, or you do not understand how or why teachers insist on doing a review program on a regular and consistent basis, then visit the channel and watch the video, “Recipe for Suzuki Review.”
Yup, I finished it! I wrote 50,000 words this past November. I learned a lot of lessons while doing it, like discipline, perseverance, endurance, and lots of other fun psychological issues. What I learn most of all is that by showing up each day to the page, no matter what, no matter how little time I might have to spare, I will eventually reach the end of the word count successfully. And this bit of information translates to successfully achieving many other things in my life. And that’s the best lesson of all!
So, go me!
—– Paula —–
© 2016 by Paula E. Bird
I posted a silly set of photos that my student made about how to use the violin bow inappropriately. Head on over to the Teach Suzuki Blog and check it out!
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Keeping it fun,
Teach Suzuki Podcast
The Teach Suzuki Podcast has been busy in the past month. Here are the latest three weekly episodes of the regular podcast:
The Million Dollar Lesson: The Million Dollar Lesson is a tool designed to teach the child (and the parent) about appropriate lesson behaviors. Some teachers and parents may have difficulty accepting this teaching tool, and this episode looks at various viewpoints and offers some caveats about how to use the tool effectively. This episode also provides links to several suggested books and other tools about parenting that might provide help to a parent.
Personality Styles: This episode discusses the four personality styles identified by Hippocrates centuries ago. Along with identifying the personality style of parents and their children, this episode will explain how a mismatch between styles may stir up problems in home practices, home and family situations, and in the studio between teacher and student.
See, Hear, Feel: This episode discusses the three most common learning styles and how knowing these styles will help parents and others improve communication within families, the workplace, and in the music studio.
There have been several “Reflections” episodes published as well. These shorter weekly episodes of a few minutes’ length are designed to present a short thought or reflection about some aspect of the Suzuki philosophy or quote from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. The purpose of these reflection episodes is to encourage parents and teachers to consider how a small change in some area of our thinking or behavior might have a large impact on the happiness of our children, our home situation, our workplace environment, and our families. Here are the most recent episodes:
Whisper the Hopes of Your Heart: This episode discusses Dr. Suzuki’s advice to a parent to pray once a day for his or her child to help the parent remember the joy and hope that the parent had upon the child’s birth. Would such advice brighten up your feelings about your child?
The Best Gift: This episode discusses raising children to become truly civilized human beings. Are you giving your child the “best gift” you can.
Convenience: Is “convenience” a factor in our teaching and parenting? Is this appropriate? What is your attitude about parenting, teaching, and the “convenience” factor?
Until next time,
—– Paula —–
© 2016 by Paula E. Bird
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.