It's beyond music

Diary of a Suzuki Parent

Term 6 - Spring 2013 and Etude

Sharron recommends a thorough and steady approach to learning Etude - making sure each group of notes is thoroughly learned before going to the next one.  Its a really neat...

Term 6 - Lightly Row Reprise

Lightly Row played.  Sharron says "played like a professional".  It was magic - suddenly music - beautiful phrasing, languid, even a touch of vibrato. 

Term 5 - Now we are 5

We went away for the summer with Go Tell Aunt Rhody to polish and O Come Little Children to learn.  By the end of this autumn term, December, we are...

Temple Dinsley No 2 - Tackling the grumpy mother - meditation and silence in parenting practice

Temple Dinsley was brilliant.  We went last year when D was almost 4 and was pretty much the youngest.  It was quite a stretch.  This year we stayed over and...

Term 4 - Summer - End of term

What a difference from last year.  We went into the summer hols with Ladder and the real basics to practice - and it was  tough summer (not for D who...

Term 4 - Summer - Week 4

We have been singing the fingering pattern for Lightly Row all week.  Already D can play through it through.  Shows that effort on the Twinkles pays off.  D leading Twinkle...

Term 4 - Summer - Week 3

Much chocolate cake and prolonged celebrations this week for D reaching 100 Days of continuous practice.  This is a neat scheme promoted by Sue Hunt who has a great pack...

Term 4 - Summer - Week 2

Hooray - a success with the violin hand.  Went back to Alexander Technique and spirals.  Got D rolling on the floor following her little finger and pirouetting doing same.  Then...

Term 4 - Summer - Week 1

Lots of encouragement for the new term - merit stickers for two pieces.  Start playing the Twinkle theme learning that the bow needs two speeds and that notes are defined...

Term 3 - Spring - Week 1

Great to be back to classes.  D plays very well - great tone.  So we move on to practicing "Buttons" ie learning how to place the violin fingers individually -...

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