Inside the Suzuki triangle

Inspiration for Violinists card deck

The Suzuki triangle
I have always valued the Suzuki teacher training I received concerning the parent-student-teacher relationship. Other educational methods seem to leave out the role of the parent. The Suzuki method includes built in support for parents. Suzuki parents get to know one another and form their own network while observing lessons, attending weekly group classes, festivals and summer institutes. Many Suzuki programs also offer parent workshops in conjunction with student group classes.

The parent
Being the home teacher is more than knowing how to play the violin. The “Suzuki parent” deals with a whole host of issues. There are wonderful, joyful times learning new skills. It is a beautiful thing to hear your child play the violin at home, but there are also times when the child doesn’t want to practice. The parent may feel at a loss about what to do. With the Suzuki method, parents learn how to practice with their children and create a positive home environment.

The student
Suzuki students learn skills that carry over into other areas of their lives. They learn that although progress is not immediate, it is worthwhile which stands in opposition to the need for instant gratification. From a young age, children pursue a creative outlet and have many opportunities to safely stand up and play in front of an audience. Moreover, there have been several recent studies on the positive impact of participation in Suzuki group lessons on student empathy.

The teacher
My calling as a Suzuki violin teacher is to provide a nurturing, safe and calm learning environment for my students. Every student learns at their own rate and in their own way. Communication with parents is key. Parents receive training on the violin before the student starts their lessons and at any point in time when needed. Like many Suzuki studios, my students receive a well-rounded musical education that includes violin technique, healthy playing, musicianship, ear training, and ensemble playing.

The Inspiration for Violinists card deck
This is the card back image of this deck. There is a unique image and text inspiring musicianship, mindfulness and spirituality on each one of the 50 cards in this deck.

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