Suzuki Violin

Parents

Parental involvement is essential in the Suzuki method, especially with younger students. In the early stages of the young violinist’s learning, a parent or other person who will consistently work with the child on their daily practice attends lessons with the child, makes notes of the practice to be undertaken in the coming week, and works with the child whenever they practice.

In the Suzuki environment, there exists a teaching triangle between teacher, student, and parent. Each is essential to the learning process and the student’s success. The parent’s role is to be the home teacher, guiding and supporting their child during the week’s practice. It is not necessary that the parent is able to play, only that he or she understands what the teacher has assigned for home practice. For very young students, however, an initial period in which the parent learns the violin alongside their child can be immensely beneficial to developing the child’s interest in playing, and the parent’s understanding of the process of learning the instrument.

Parents are expected to learn about the Suzuki method by reading Dr Suzuki’s book Nurtured by Love.

The amount of practice grows with the advancement of the student, beginning at perhaps 15 minutes per day and reaching several hours for advanced and ambitious students; it is essential, however, that practicing happens virtually every day, rather than skipping several days and then “cramming” more practicing into the remaining days. Older children can begin to take more responsibility for their own practice, but most require reminding and encouragement to practice, and practice appropriately, long into their learning.

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