Is your child maintaining a proper playing position when practicing?
How a student sits, stands, and holds their instrument is as important to technique as practicing scales and tone. This because it forms the physical foundation upon which all healthy playing habits are built. The correct positioning supports your child’s posture, arms, and fingers as they perform the complex small-muscle movements required for instrument playing.
If you’re unsure about any of these elements, be sure to ask your child’s teacher. Once you know, you can make sure to incorporate proper position into your child’s practice routine.
For instance, your child can try sitting or standing correctly without their instrument for one minute. Encourage them to stay relaxed and breath normally. Can they hum their suzuki songs in this relaxed position?
To self-monitor, a student can play in front of a mirror or record themselves on their phone and review the video.