Last summer SMAC-SDB hosted Masterclasses and a Parent Talk with violinist, Edmund Sprunger, as well as Masterclasses with cellist, Tanya Carey. Many great ideas were gained by participating students, parents, and teachers. These are some ideas that were highlights for one Suzuki parent.
When teaching a new technique/strategy, asking the child to explain it back will ensure whether the child has learned the technique/strategy.
There are four stages for developing independence.
- For the Child
- With the Child
- Watching the Child
- Separating/understanding the child is not a part of us
Independence and ownership of the art form will come with:
- Structured practice
- Not reflecting the distress/frustration back to the child when they are frustrated
- Considering/understanding the child is a different person
- Knowing when and how much to push the child
- Parent does not consider/approach going to lessons or practicing as a chore