Muscle Tension

Muscle Tension

When practicing, make sure that your body feels relaxed and at ease. The following quote is from Lorna McGhee, principal flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: “Technique is merely physical coordination and we are at our most coordinated when the body is...
Finding Community: The Suzuki Approach

Finding Community: The Suzuki Approach

By now you’re probably familiar with the Suzuki triangle that connects students, teachers, and parents in the process of music learning. These three branches create the framework upon which the entire philosophy is built. However, just beyond the edges of that...
Why We Play Old Repertoire

Why We Play Old Repertoire

When your child moves on to a new piece in the Suzuki book, they may think that they no longer need to play the previous one. Afterall, they’ve mastered it. That’s why they’re allowed to continue, right? On the one hand, yes, only when a student has demonstrated the...
Playful Practice Techniques!

Playful Practice Techniques!

Playfulness is the way to go when engaging young children! Sometimes you just need to take the pressure off and lighten the mood. Laughter has the ability to reduce stress, improve circulation, and re-energize the body; all things we need for good concentration when...