Kate's Music Studio

Violin & Fiddle Lessons

Steps for Successful Students

Advice to Parents:

As you may already know, your role is vital in Suzuki instruction.  Attending to the items below will help you and your child’s violin and music experience to be enjoyable, enriching and worthwhile!

1.  Read Recommended Books

You will uncover new emotional territory with your child as you gather momentum with home practicing.  It can be challenging.  You are not alone.  Read and learn and it will help you!

2.  Note Taking

The notes you take during our lessons are crucial to successful practice at home.  Please note specific games and exercises and try to use the same words when referring to things I am asking your child to do.  This consistency will greatly aid everyone– the student, the teacher and you.

3.  Use Technology

In addition to note taking, use portable devices to help record information at lessons.  Use the audio and video capability on smart phones or a hand held digital recorder.

4.  Arrive 5 Minutes early

Please arrive on time and unhurried.  This helps reduce anxiety.  Please be sensitive to bringing siblings if it creates a distraction.

5.  Do exactly as I ask

Do not push ahead on your own.

6.  Review Regularly

Develop a plan or ask me to help doing so.  Review is where the student develops skill.  New material plants the seeds.

7.  Listen, Listen, Listen!

Turn on the Suzuki CD at home.  Make a copy and keep one in the car too.  Don’t expect your child to listen on his or her own.  This is your responsibility.

To be fluent in playing, the child must be able to hear the piece in his/her head.  One of the biggest factors in your child’s enjoyment and success will be the amount of listening you do.  It must happen EACH day.  It is immersion listening.   It is inspirational to your child!

“Knowledge is not skill.

Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.” – S. Suzuki