Denison Suzuki Program Information Meeting: An Introduction to the Suzuki Method for interested families and friends
- Sunday, January 23, 2016
- 3:00 p.m.
- Burke Hall Rehearsal Room
This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the philosophy of Suzuki Talent Education as it is applied to teaching music to children and their families.
Burke Hall of Performing Arts
240 W. College St.
Granville, Ohio 43023
Checklist for Enrollment in the Denison Suzuki Program
- Attend the Denison Suzuki Program Information Meeting
- Fill out the Pre Registration Form and leave it with Jim Van Reeth.
- Register for Practice Partner Training Sessions I, II, and III with Maryfrances Kirsh, email@example.com
- Discuss questions and concerns with your mentor teacher.
- Purchase materials for Practice Partner Training (see below).
- Read Nurtured by Love.
- Play the reference recording daily.
- Contact teachers to arrange for observations of lessons. (five observations are recommended)
- Attend Practice Partner Training Sessions I and II
- Contact teacher to arrange for a lesson time.
- Register for lessons at the first private lesson. (You will receive a bill from the University in approximately 6 weeks.)
- Enjoy the journey!
Practice Partner Training
Parents and practice partners who are new to the Denison Suzuki Program are required to attend these sessions.
All parents and practice partners in the Denison Suzuki Program are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend this workshop.
- The philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki
- The Suzuki Learning Process
- Music Reading
- What to expect at lessons
- Home Practice
This is a class for parents and practice partners only. Please arrange child care for your children.
Please register for this course by calling or emailing:
Supplies to be purchased by the practice partner prior to the workshop:
(www.young-musicians.com or www.amazon.com)
- Nurtured by Love, by Shinichi Suzuki
- Helping Parents Practice by Edmund Sprunger
- Book 1 and CD for the instrument to be studied
- Blank CD’s and 4 different ways/places where the CD may be heard
Please listen to the CD daily and read Nurtured by Love prior to the workshop.
Instrument Rental/Purchase Information
We ask that you wait until after you have talked to your teacher before renting or purchasing a cello, flute, violin, or viola. Your teacher will have preliminary activities for you and your child to master before actually playing the instrument. The better your child is “set up” on the instrument, the more successful he or she will be.
Your teacher will have the best information about instrument rental and purchase, and will need to measure your student so that the size will be the correct fit.
Standard student flutes can be rented from Martin Music (Newark), Music and Arts (Westerville and Columbus), C. A. House (Lancaster). Cost is approx. $20 – 30 per month, with various plans that can apply rental payments to eventual purchase. However, for very young students (up to about 4th grade), curved headjoint flutes are optimal and none of the stores in the area offer rentals on these. Purchase of a curved headjoint flute can cost $400 (used) upward to $600-$800.
The Denison Suzuki piano teachers have a long history with Graves Piano and Organ. There are many other places to find serviceable pianos in the Central Ohio area as well, and you may already have one in your home. We ask that your piano be tuned every six months by a registered piano technician. You can find one in your area by using the Piano Technicians Guild technician search. Having your piano tuned regularly is crucial in developing your child’s ability to identify pitches and the distance between them.
Celli, Violins, and Violas:
The Denison Suzuki string teachers have a long history with The Loft Violin Shop. We recommend that you meet with your teacher first for specific instructions, and then contact The Loft for a time when you can visit the shop and meet with one of their staff. You will also need an electronic tuner or tuning app for your electronic device.
Suzuki families listen daily to the recording of the book they are currently studying.
- develops our ears for note sequences
- helps us recognize patterns in the music
- aids in memorizing the music
- helps us recognize and reproduce beautiful tone, dynamics, and phrasing
- makes learning the pieces easier
- helps us identify wrong notes
We encourage two types of listening:
- playing the recording in the background during other activities
- concentrated or intentional listening
- Make copies of the CD so you can listen in different places (bedroom, car, living room).
- Record both the current and next piece for concentrated listening.
- Listen to the next book level for variety.
- Identify the titles and composers.
- Sing the melodies.
- Listen for the week’s practice focus from your lesson (loud/soft, staccato/legato, etc.).
Practice Every Day You Eat
Daily practice should include:
- Review pieces
- The latest polished piece
- New skill or small parts of the newest piece
- Reading pieces (if applicable)
- Other assignments given by your teacher
Violinist Katie S. and her practice partner mom, Kathy, have this idea to share:
Student and Parent/Practice Partner select a candle and put it in a safe place in or near the practice area. Light the candle only during practicing. When the candle has burned all the way down, celebrate with a predetermined outing or treat. This candle can be large or small, depending on the practice goal.
Review forms a solid foundation of musical skills.
The Suzuki philosophy is based on the premise that children learn their language from listening to their parents. When a child learns to say a word, usually parents are quick to encourage him to say it again and again (although he never seems to say it on que!). When a student learns a musical concept, he is encouraged to do it over and over again.
Review helps the student reach a higher level of musicianship.
Adding a new skill to review pieces is more effective than adding it to a new one. The student can focus on the new skill because he already knows the piece well. Once the skill is mastered in a review piece, it can then be incorporated into the newer pieces.
Review increases stamina.
Playing an instrument involves physical activity. Playing comfortable, polished pieces consistently over time is like an exercise program. It increases muscle tone, endurance, flexibility, and coordination.
Review builds a musical vocabulary.
Music consists of pitches and patterns that, over time, the student will learn to recognize and anticipate through consistent review.
Review can be a positive experience.
Learning a piece well enough to add it to the review list represents a great accomplishment. Reviewing these polished pieces increases confidence and self assurance.
Review encourages community.
Suzuki students all learn the same pieces of music and can share their musical journey with others. They can also share their polished repertoire with family and friends.
What are some different ways to review?
Review with a focus.
Check your notes for a technical or musical point that was important to a particular piece when you were first learning it. There may be more, but only focus on one at a time.
Review for fun.
Make a list of the review pieces that you and your student especially like. Play these on days when you both need a lift or a boost.
Review in a different place.
Choose another room for review or go outside. Pianists can play their pieces in a different octave.
Review pieces that are similar.
Find a common theme for your review: Play all the pieces with the same titles. (Piano Book 3!! Sonatina, Sonatina, Sonatina …) Play all the pieces with staccato/legato or fast/slow. Play all the pieces that are in the same key.
Review with a chart.
List review pieces under the days of the week or have an “A” and “B” list. Use a chart to keep track of the number of repetitions.
Review the same time each day.
Check your schedule to find a time you can set aside just for review. Keep this up for about a month and it will be a habit (or your schedule will change and then you’ll have to find another time!!)
Review with a goal.
Choose the number of review pieces or the amount of time to spend on review each day. Mark on your calendar when you have completed the goal for the day.
Review for a special occasion.
Call your local retirement home or go visit your favorite relative and give them a concert. Offer to play for a school class.
Review with a friend.
Invite another Suzuki family over for an afternoon of music-making.
Review in the form of a story.
Tell a story about what is happening in the piece (aides in memory)
- Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki
- To Learn With Love – A Companion for Parents by William and Constance Starr
- They Are Rarely Too Young… and Rarely Too Old to Twinkle by Kay Collier Stone
- Helping Parents Practice: Ideas for Making It Easier by Edmund Sprunger
For more information about the Suzuki Method, visit The Suzuki Association of the Americas.
For more information about the Denison University Suzuki Program, contact the Program Director, Jim Van Reeth, at firstname.lastname@example.org