Reflections — Wonderful Ability Will Bloom (R003)

Dr. Suzuki thought there were five conditions to develop great ability. How would these five conditions work in the context of a person learning a skill in general?

If you have a comment or suggestion, you can leave me a voice message on my voicemail line at 512-537-6356 or send me an email at paula@teachsuzuki.com.

For more information and articles, visit my blog at:

http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

 

094 TSP Let’s Stop Breaking ALL the China!

Last week I presented a simple 4-part plan to start the new year successfully. This week I thought it would help to offer some suggestions for those times when our plans seem to fail or fall apart. Here is another 4-part plan to pick yourself up and get going again:

  1. Stop beating yourself up and expecting perfectionism.
  2. Stop breaking ALL the china! Salvage what you can from the situation.
  3. Figure out what happened and why you stumbled.
  4. Make a plan for the future that successfully avoids what caused you to stumble in the first place.

Start putting these four steps into practice today, and begin to build your streak!

Here are links to the resources I mentioned in the episode:

Episode 1 Teach Suzuki Podcast: What is the Suzuki Method and how does it work? How can a parent be a better practice partner at home in between lessons?

Episode 2: 6 Basic Philosophy Points of the Suzuki Method: These 6 philosophy points are the foundation to success on the Suzuki journey. It matters that parents know and believe these six philosophical points!

Episode 3: Are You Listening? This episode explores the scientific research behind the Suzuki Method’s requirement to listen to the repertoire being studied and learned, including experiments that suggest that the amount and kind of music we listen to will have an impact on our moods, attitudes, and physical states. The episode also discusses ways to add more listening to your day.

Episode 4: Top 10 Things a Suzuki Parent Should Know

Episode 5: How Parents Can Help at Lessons

Episode 6: How to Take Notes at the Music Lesson

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 —–

© 2018 by Paula E. Bird

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Reflections — Feel as a Child Does (R002)

We want our children to learn important school subjects, but children just want to have fun. How do we combine training with fun? Dr. Suzuki has a few ideas about this and explains why these ideas work.

If you have a comment or suggestion, you can leave me a voice message on my voicemail line at 512-537-6356 or send me an email at paula@teachsuzuki.com.

For more information and articles, visit my blog at:

http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

 

093 TSP Simple 4-Part Plan | Start the New Year Successfully

Here is a simple 4-part plan to start the new year successfully:

  1. set a daily goal (and write it down!)
  2. set a schedule (and write it down on your calendar or planner)
  3. ask for help (knowledge and accountability)
  4. keep track (find a way to quantify the goal, and then measure it)

Start putting these four steps into practice today, and begin to build your streak!

For additional help and resources, check out the following:

Teach Suzuki Blog

Suzuki Triangle Blog (with Christine Goodner)

Plucky Violin Teacher (with Brecklyn)

Building Noble Hearts Podcast (Suzuki Association of the Americas)

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 —–

© 2018 by Paula E. Bird

Join the Teach Suzuki Community!

If you would like to make a donation to support the Teach Suzuki Podcast and the blog, click here to donate.

 

Reflections — Happiness Develops Ability | Combine Interest and Training (R001)

Dr. Suzuki said that “happiness develops ability.” He relates the story of his young nephew’s difficulty learning to differentiate number 4 and 7 while learning his first ten numbers. Dr. Suzuki discusses the problem of combining interest and training so that the child can look at the child’s learning and see clearly.

If you have a comment or suggestion, you can leave me a voice message on my voicemail line at 512-537-6356 or send me an email at paula@teachsuzuki.com.

For more information and articles, visit my blog at:

http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

 

092 TSP Aspirations for a New Year

As we close one year and look ahead to the start of a new year, now is a good time to consider what aspirations we can create to shape and color the way we want our new year to be. In this episode, I share my aspirations for the coming year (I thought of 11 aspirations for myself) as a teacher and perpetual student of music and life.

What are your aspirations for the coming year? Please share them in the comments below or over on the Teach Suzuki Blog, where I recently posted an article about my aspirations for 2018 and how I created a way to ensure that I referred to them daily (click here to read).

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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

Join the Teach Suzuki Community!

If you would like to make a donation to support the Teach Suzuki Podcast and the blog, click here to donate.

Reflections — The Education Secret

Dr. Suzuki shared his secret about education, and this reflection looks at how this secret would work.

If you have a comment or suggestion, you can leave me a voice message on my voicemail line at 512-537-6356 or send me an email at paula@teachsuzuki.com.

For more information and articles, visit my blog at:

http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

 

091 The Power of Memory

Holidays and our family traditions and experiences can have a powerful impact on our children and provide strong memories that will last a lifetime. Today’s episode looks at the power of these types of memories and reminds us of how important these memories may be to our families and especially our children.

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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

Join the Teach Suzuki Community!

If you would like to make a donation to support the Teach Suzuki Podcast and the blog, click here to donate.

Reflections — Gifts That Give

Today’s reflection is about a special gift that will give again and again to our children, our families, and our communities. Listen and see if you agree that this gift is the most precious gift that we can offer to our children, for it will continue to give over and over.

If you have a comment or suggestion, you can leave me a voice message on my voicemail line at 512-537-6356 or send me an email at paula@teachsuzuki.com.

For more information and articles, visit my blog at:

http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

—– Paula —–

 

090 TSP Visionary Lessons

As we prepare to close out the year 2017 and begin the new year of 2018, what can we learn from a reflection on the past year? What lessons did we learn?

  • What worked this year?
  • What didn’t turn out the way we thought it would?
  • What do we want to see more of in the coming new year?
  • What do we want to see less of?

This episode looks at some lessons I stumbled onto during 2017, and some of them may surprise you.

I mentioned a reference to an article about SMART goal setting. If you are interested in reading more about that from the Teach Suzuki blog, click here to read that article.

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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

Join the Teach Suzuki Community!

If you would like to make a donation to support the Teach Suzuki Podcast and the blog, click here to donate.