Suzuki methods, from the outside, seem arduous at best: asking your child to perfect a classical piece from memory? That explanation sounds DAUNTING. But fear not! If you and your child are listening to their piece everyday, there will be no issue with performing the piece by heart. Listening to your working piece provides so many benefits to your child – it is literally an osmosis form of practice, in which your brain works on the music without you even knowing. Furthermore, if you listen in the morning, you are more likely to increase your memory of the piece than if you listen in the afternoon or evening (when your brain is less fresh!) Your child will begin to pick up “flutistic” styles of playing on their own: vibrato, shading (dynamics), tone colors, and naturally try to match the professional sound on the recording. Did you know the flutist on your Suzuki recording, Lorna McGhee, is the principal flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra? She’s AMAZING.

Listening Tips: your listening should almost always be passive – in the car, while making dinner, while brushing your teeth before bed, while getting ready for school. These are low-pressure scenarios of simply hearing music in the background of your day. One or two times a week you should practice active listening: sitting down and focusing only on the music. Try to sing along to the recording. If the melody isn’t right at the tip of your tongue: stop, rewind, listen. We need to get these pieces into our hearts!