The Art of Listening

The Art of Listening

To play on Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “One Art,” the art of listening isn’t hard to master. The Suzuki guitar teacher and Suzuki violin mom Michele Horner advises listening to the recordings of current repertoire ten times a day. That may sound like a lot, but the...
Practice Expectations During Covid-19

Practice Expectations During Covid-19

“To make a resolution and act accordingly is to live with hope. There may be difficulties and hardships, but not disappointment or despair if you follow the path steadily. Do not hurry. This is a fundamental rule. If you hurry and collapse or tumble down, nothing is...
The Magic of Repetitions

The Magic of Repetitions

Sometimes I tell my students that their fingers have brains. They get really excited & maybe even freaked out – and the best part is that I’m telling the truth.    Noelle Perrin, a Suzuki teacher trainer, uses this explanation with her students when she talks...
Practice Tip: Don’t Jump Back to the Beginning

Practice Tip: Don’t Jump Back to the Beginning

It’s really tempting to jump back to the beginning of a piece and try again when you make a mistake. Rather, I’d like to suggest that you isolate the section where you are having trouble and repeat that section a few times. Then, back up a little bit and play through...
Flute Hand Posture: Learning and Balancing “C”

Flute Hand Posture: Learning and Balancing “C”

Learning and playing a “C” on the flute is a fundamental pillar of Book 1. From Cuckoo to Bourée, C is found in every piece consecutively for a great reason: it’s challenging to play, yet a vital part of beginning the flute! Balancing the flute while playing is an...