Best Suzuki Triangle Resources of 2017

Happy New Year!

I’m excited to start a new series on the blog this month about different ages and stages and how they affect practice, communication with students and children, and how to help music students thrive at each of these developmental stages (preschool – high school).

Before launching into the new year I wanted to highlight the top resources of 2017 from the Suzuki Triangle Blog in cased you missed any:

Free Resources:

Ebook: What You Practice Today is Not Important: But Who You Become Along The Way Is

This is a quick, motivational read that explores the biggest stumbling block to families continuing with lessons long term and how to set and meet long term practice goals with your child in practice. This is a great read for teachers & families alike and you can have it sent to your email by clicking HERE

5 Day FREE Email Course on Working Productively with our Children in Practice

Join hundreds of parents & teachers in taking this short email course that helps you identify the needs of your unique child, your own goals for learning music and how the two can work together to help your child thrive in learning a musical instrument. I have heard back from many, many parents how helpful this course has been to them, sign up today to go through it yourself >> Course Sign Up Page

Ebook of 5 Day Email Course 

By popular demand, I created an Ebook of the 5 day email course so that it would be easier to go back and refer to the information in the course. People who sign up to take the course now get the ebook at the end, but if you already took the course and want the ebook click HERE 

Practice Rules

Practice Rules

This was a fun project! Blog readers in the Suzuki Triangle Community shared practice rules from their house and we put together a fun, frame-able graphic that you can have sent to your email. Click here to download

You can also support the blog by purchasing some fun products with the practice rules printed on them from CafePress – 10% of sales come back to the blog. You can find practice notebooks, posters, and other products HERE.


Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families

This book is full of useful ideas from my own experience as a Suzuki student, parent & teacher as well as current research, expert interviews, and parents like you.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn:

  • Practical tips to make lessons & practice sessions work for your family
  • How to have a great family experience with music lessons
  • How to set up a practice environment that helps your child succeed
  • The tools you need to overcome roadblocks to practicing
  • How to work effectively with your child in practice sessions at home
  • How to get your child set up and off to a great start from the first lesson
  • What expert teachers have learned about what helps families thrive
  • And much more . . .

Beyond the Music Lesson is available in paperback and Kindle versions. Grab your copy today and start making the most of every music lesson!

Beyond the Music Lesson Book Cover

Buy it on Amazon,

Book Depository (for free international shipping), 

or get a signed copy sent to you direct from Christine (U.S. only right now) by clicking here. 


I hope you have a wonderful start to 2018 & that some of these resources are helpful to you as you teach and/or practice in the new year!


3 Suzuki Podcasts Everyone Should Subscribe to

Listening to Podcasts is one of my favorite ways to learn new things and get inspired. Especially while exercising, cleaning or driving.

I listen to a variety of podcasts including shows about writing, creativity, business, books, and of course Suzuki teaching and parenting.

Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite Suzuki podcasts. They are great resources for parents and for teachers looking to fresh ideas and new perspectives about teaching and the Suzuki philosophy.

Suzuki Podcasts

I am not getting any perks for sharing these resources, although I do know a few of the podcasters who make them. My goal is to share great resources with readers of the blog. I also hope to hear from you (in the comments below) what podcasts you would recommend!

Here is a list of my favorites:


Building Noble Hearts  is a podcast produced by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. The production quality of this podcast is amazing. Each episode includes great stories about Suzuki himself and amazing Suzuki teachers in our community. My favorite episode is the one about Suzuki ECE. The episode includes the history of this program and how it benefits families –you can find that episode Here.

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The Teach Suzuki Podcast is another great resource and is produced by Suzuki teacher and blogger Paula Bird. I love the information the podcast shares for parents to use in order to work with their children effectively in practice and to better understand the Suzuki method. In each episode Paula shares her wisdom and many useful resources for parents and teachers alike. Here is a great episode about how to beat burnout – click here to listen.  

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 Chili Dog Strings podcast is another great resource. This podcast is actually hosted on the Suzuki teacher duo’s Youtube Channel where you can find all sorts of teaching and Suzuki parenting inspiration. I really enjoy Neil and Rachel’s style and their love of teaching shines through everything they do. I had the pleasure of being interviewed on one of their podcast episodes – you can listen to that episode here. 


Another podcast worth checking out is Rachel Barton Pine’s Podcast Violin Adventures. The most recent episodes are from 2013 but you can still find all 80+ episodes online. They are really good! You don’t have to be a violinist, or be the parent of a violinist, to enjoy this podcast. It’s worth checking out.

What podcasts (Suzuki or related) do you listen to regularly? I hope you’ll share your recommendations in the comments below!