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Become A Suzuki Parent

Prior music knowledge is not necessary, however, you do need a desire to learn, belief in your child's ability to learn, and a willingness to commit to your child's long-term growth.

We are successful when the Suzuki Triangle is achieved: a qualified teacher, a dedicated parent, and a curious child. Parents are the child's first and most important teacher. Some of the qualities of an excellent Suzuki parent include the following:

  • Commit to practicing with your child every day, even if it is just for a few minutes. The hardest part is getting started. Try to choose a time that fits well into your family’s routine, and keep the same time each day as much as you can. Schedule it, if that helps you stick with it. Commit you and your child to practicing everyday for 10 days, 30 days or 100 days to establish the habit. Apply the same persistence as you do in other areas, such as keeping regular mealtimes and bedtimes.
     

  • Make practice time special. Practice is a wonderful time to spend with your child. Together you get to create music. If possible, involve the whole family. Make practice time a joyous occasion, not another chore or item to be crossed off a list. Avoid distractions such as cell phones so you can give your child your whole attention. Your behavior shows your child how much you value the practice time and how important it is to you. 
     

  • Respect your child and have patience. We are asking your child to do a very difficult thing, learn a musical instrument, and while many moments are fun, it won't always be. It's hard work and can be very frustrating. Help your child through those emotions and acknowledge the difficulty. But continue to persist, don't give up! Teach your child that through hard work, they can accomplish anything. 
     

  • Aim for excellence, but also relax and allow the learning to happen at a natural pace, even if it means you don't accomplish your goals set out in the practice.
     

  • Allow your child to participate in the process and make decisions about their practice. Give them ownership over some of their learning while still providing direction on the important aspects.
     

  • Being willing to learn alongside your child. You both are in this together! 

 

 

If you are ready to be a Suzuki parent, please continue to the next page!