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...
Practicing Rhythm at Home

Practicing Rhythm at Home

We play a lot of games together in lessons and in group classes. How can you bring those home with you? When we think about rhythm practice, here are a few ideas: Put on the radio, your Suzuki CD, any music: can you find and feel the beat and clap along? *Take it to...
Do I Have to Practice Over a Break?

Do I Have to Practice Over a Break?

The answer is yes! It’s important to continue practicing over the break. It’s okay to take a holiday off or a day off here and there, but don’t take every day off! Practicing keeps your child progressing whereas significant time off can set them behind. You can find...