It’s the American election season. I have had this tune spinning inside of my head since Tuesday. I finally found a quiet(ish) moment in my house to sit down to arrange and record it. Hope you enjoy it!
As part our program, we hold parent classes for all of our new Suzuki families. These meetings occur during the beginning group class so as to facilitate parent attendance. Having families in our program who are familiar with the Suzuki method and philosophy not only strengthens our Suzuki community, but also increases the joy and success our students experience with their music lessons. We are grateful to parents for partnering with us and creating the time to be present.
As I was sending out emails to the parents in this class, I thought it might be helpful to simply post these resources here for everyone to benefit. Here are the resources and assignments from our first and second parent classes. I will post the resources discussed after each class.
The Suzuki Association has a lot of useful information for parents. You can become a member and support the work of the SAA as well as receive the Suzuki Journal which includes lots of helpful articles. Coming up soon is the SAA Parents as Partners event. This is an online event that you can check into when it is convenient for you and watch many videos made by teachers and parents offering advice regarding practice, etc. Here is more information.
Quick recap of assignments: 1. Read Pages 1-36 in Nurtured By Love, available in many places, including the op public library.
2. Place post it notes around house/car or set an alarm on your phone to remind you to turn on the Suzuki recording. (Make sure YOU hear the recordings, too, not just the child—not with headphones, for example).
3. Reflect on your ”Why?’ (Simon Sinek: https://youtu.be/2Ss78LfY3nE). Why do Suzuki lessons? What do you hope your child (and you) will learn?
Growth mindset resources:
Knowing about and/or believing in growth mindset is a good start, but living it and making it part of our daily and regular language especially with our kids is another. These resources can help.
3. Podcast re growth mindset pitfalls. (Stefanie, the host, is a brilliant local Oak Parker!).
4. “Kan“: p.46 in NBL. “Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward will surely get you there. To commit oneself to untiring patience and strong endurance, what we call kan—intuition or sixth sense—is an absolute necessity in education”.
5.Article about Tiger Woods and how his father taught him (a lot of parallels with the Suzuki philosophy). An excerpt: ”For a dad so involved in his son’s sports life, Earl saw golf as merely a vehicle to teach life lessons. ‘My purpose in raising Tiger was not to raise a golfer. I wanted to raise a good person.’ Golf was a way to learn about personal integrity, focus, commitment (it’s the only sport where you have to call penalties on yourself). His greatest thrill was not seeing Tiger win the Masters; it was seeing the Tiger Woods Foundation open the $25M Tiger Woods Learning Center, an institute for inner-city kids. Unlike so many parents, Earl didn’t see sport as a way to earn a good life; he saw it as a way to learn one.“
Need support for practicing with your child? Yes, please!
Ever wonder…how can we….?
…make practice more fun? …more positive? …more productive?
Every year, the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) hosts an online event called Parents as Partners. This is a video conference, essentially, that allows you access to some of the most creative minds in the Suzuki Community. Teachers, parents, and even some Suzuki teens participate in this online video event that provides ideas, support, and future fuel for your continued successful Suzuki journey.
Each Monday for 10 weeks, at least five short videos will be aired with accompanying audio only format, and transcripts as well. Once posted, all talks will be available online through December 15, 2020. Check out the Suzuki Association’s website for more information.
Tip: On the page linked above, there is a GREAT video by my colleague, Suzuki violin and viola teacher, Sarah Bylander Montzka and it includes so many fun practice tips! Enjoy!
OP String Academy Advanced Violinists to perform this Saturday, December 14, 7p at Unity Temple.
Unity Temple Restoration Foundation presents its 2019-20 Chamber Music Series with artistic directors MingHuan Xu and Winston Choi. All performances are at 875 Lake Street, Oak Park. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Oak Park Area Arts Council, and the Alphawood Foundation.