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Why Suzuki institutes matter

Suzuki institutes make an enormous difference in our musical year.

Alan Duncan

2 minutes read

It’s August and institute season is winding down. We just returned from another great week at the American Suzuki Institute where we’ve attended for the last five years. I’ve come to think of summer institutes as an essential part of the Suzuki experience. Here’s why:

How to deal with frustration intolerance in Suzuki students

Low frustration tolerance can lead to dysfunctional practice and impaired progress. Here's how to deal with it.

Alan Duncan

7 minutes read

Practically every Suzuki parent must have experienced a meltdown during practice. When students begin so young, we are bound to bump up against their undeveloped emotional control. Although there are many ways that children can go off the rails during practice, many of these stem from low frustration tolerance. Understanding and dealing with low frustration tolerance is an important skill for us as parents and our kids. I confess that I’m still working on it.

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The Suzuki Experienece is a weblog focused on helping parents practice more effectively and joyfully with their children. It traces the progress of our experience from beginner to budding young artist.