“Teaching is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens.” Shinichi Suzuki

Violin Practice is Homework, Too

Published: Nov 25, 2017  |   Category: Practice Tips

November 25, 2017 "I wanted to practice and my father says that I have to do my academic work and to put the violin away. He doesn't want to have anything to do with the violin." My first grade student shared this with me as he was taking his violin out of its case before I began class. He is part of the 1st and 2nd grade class at one of the schools where I am teaching. My heart dropped when I heard this that I said, "Well, perhaps you misunderstood. I&#.....Read More

I Don't Have Time for That!

Published: Nov 3, 2016  |   Category: Insights Learned from Students

Anxiety is a serious thing!  After teaching my very bright beginner 2nd grade student the new skill of the "jumping 3rd finger" while keeping the 1st finger down, I exclaimed happily after seeing that he got the hang of it, "Good. Now, practice that pattern 25 times every day...," and before I could finish my sentence, he interrupts with, "What?!! I don't have time for that...!" This w.....Read More