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Resources

The following is a list of links that I found helpful for our work as a Suzuki family, learning about music and child development in general.

Getting started with Suzuki music

There’s no better way for kids to learn music than with Suzuki talent education. How to start? Do these things:

  1. Read this article about Suzuki talent education.
  2. Understand from the beginning that the method involves intense parent participation. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it. You will grow closer as a family. Your child will learn skills that they won’t learn in any other way. So will you.
  3. Understand from the beginning that listening is key. You and your child must listen to the music every day.
  4. Read these books: Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki and Beyond the Music Lesson by Christine Wilson Goodner. Seriously, do it before you do anything else.
  5. If you live in the Americas, you can use the directory at the Suzuki Association of the Americas to find a Suzuki teacher.
  6. Get support - there are several Facebook groups that support the Suzuki parent community. Looks for “Suzuki Method Parents Discussion Group” and “The Suzuki Triangle Community”
  7. Get ready for the journey of a lifetime!

Resources

References

Organizations

Blogs

  • Teach Suzuki - A great blog by Suzuki violin teacher Paula Bird.
  • Suzuki Triangle - Another very insightful blog by Suzuki violin teacher Christine Goodner.
  • The Plucky Violin Teacher - an in-depth prolific blog geared toward fellow Suzuki violin teachers.
  • Music for Young Violinists - A very nice blog by Suzuki violin teacher Heather Figi from Eugene, Oregon. She also has some great music resources for young students. Twinkle variations, Perpetual motion variations, etc.
  • Music in Practice - A blog by Sue Hunt. Not updated very frequently; but lots of resources to be found there.
  • Solo to Symphony - a blog by Aber Suzuki Center parents. Not updated frequently any longer
  • Bulletproof Musician - a great blog on achieving musical excellence through better practice by Dr. Noa Kageyama.
  • Teach Suzuki Violin - This is a very active blog written by a Suzuki violin teacher.
  • Get Banded - a band community sponsored by Jupiter music. Many articles are relevant to all young music students.
  • Rethinking Genius - blog by Suzuki violin and viola instructor Danielle Gomez.
  • The Musicians Way - some helpful content on practice and performance.
  • The Well-Tempered Ear - classical music in and around Madison, WI and the world of classical music.
  • Suzuki Skeptic - a skeptical look at the method and a musicological look at the Suzuki violin repertoire.
  • Claire Allen, Violin - another prolific writer/violin teacher.

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Alan is the main practice partner and accompanist for a young violinist.