The following is an excerpt from the book Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families which officially comes out on Amazon Thursday June 22nd. It is meant to be a resource for families looking to answer the question: “How do we make the Suzuki method work in our every day life?”
I was a Suzuki student, starting lessons at the age of two and a half. There are parts of being successful at the Suzuki method that I take for granted, because I’ve never known anything else.
As a teacher, though, I am often reminded that there are many parts of what make this method work that are new ideas to the families I work with.
Some of them require changing how a family plans their day, or how they interact when working with each other one-on-one.
It’s my job to explain how families can help their child be successful at studying their instrument through small, day-to-day changes and through shifting their mindset about their role in the process.
As a Suzuki parent, I struggled with all of this myself. So I want to do everything I can to make it easier for the families I work with.
That has caused me to spend the last eighteen years learning all that I can about what it is that makes families successful. The more I have learned about the topic, the more I am able to help the families in my studio. Learning an instrument is difficult. Without the right information and expectations, many people struggle or even give up, which is not the outcome I want as a teacher.
Why This Message Needs to Be Heard
I end up having a lot of conversations, both online and in person with other teachers. We often talk about what books we ask parents to read to learn more about the method. Of course, many teachers ask families to read Nurtured by Love by Dr. Suzuki,
but what next?
What resource gives a good picture of how the Suzuki method looks today, here and now, and in our own lives?
To that question, there are many varying opinions but no consensus that I’ve ever heard.
Certain books are good for technique, and others give some good insights into part of the process.
But what resource addresses the question, “How does the Suzuki method look in modern times, in our lives today?”
That’s what I’ve been looking for.
Since I haven’t found a resource that does this well for me, over the past few years, I have written my own set of parent education materials for the families in my studio. I try to answer questions before they come up about practice, the environment we create for our children to practice in, why playing in a group or with other people is important, why repetition and review is going to be a big part of our work together, and other such subjects.
Giving out more detailed materials like these, I have seen a dramatic change in how new families approach lessons and how successful they are at navigating the process from beginner and beyond.
This book [Beyond the Music Lesson] combines those materials with interviews and success stories to help answer the question, “How do we make the Suzuki method work for our family today?”
I hope teachers will find this book a useful resource for sharing with the families in their studios and most of all, I hope parents will find it encouraging and helpful to set up successful Suzuki habits in their homes.
To read more you can find your copy of Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families (ebook or print) over on Amazon by clicking HERE
Not sure the book is for you? Read a great book review HERE
Bonus Material: Order you book by August 1st and email the receipt to Christine@SuzukiTriangle.com to receive:
- a pdf of parent discussion (or book club questions)
- a printable infographic of the habits of successful families
- an invitation to join a private facebook community where we will discuss the ideas in the book and have a book club this fall. Get your Copy Today!