The role of the parent in Suzuki education
Just as you are your child's first and most important teacher when it comes to learning to talk, so you have a vital role to play in Suzuki education, the Mother Tongue Method. Whether you bring your child to Music at Heart Early Years or Recorder classes, your involvement in creating the best possible environment for your child to blossom, both in the studio and at home, is crucial.
As a Suzuki teacher, I will spend time with your child only once or sometimes twice a week. As a parent, you influence the small events of every day and shape how your child sees the world. I will equip you with the knowledge, skill and confidence to help, support and encourage your child, our shared objective being the enriching of his/her life. You don't have to be a musician to be a successful Suzuki parent, but you do need to be committed to helping your child enjoy the process of learning - not just in music, but in all things. The success of any Suzuki programme depends largely upon the quality of the Suzuki Triangle, the working relationship shared by teacher, parent and child.
Do I really need to be involved?
Being a part of your child's musical education is an invaluable opportunity which has many advantages over the traditional approach to music lessons, where usually your only understanding of your child's musical experience and expectations for practice come from a few hastily-scribbled words from the teacher in a note-book at the end of each lesson. Moreover, children need to be taught how to practise just as much as how to play their instrument, and sending your child into a room to work alone, or doing other jobs at the same time, is not the best way to help him/her. Nor is it the best way for you to get value for money from your child's music lessons!
Attending your child's music lessons the Suzuki way, and working together at home, you will gain valuable insights into how s/he learns. You will gain an understanding of the processes involved in learning a musical instrument; you will learn some recorder technique from an expert; you will be given help in creating a home environment in which music - and your child - can flourish; you will be given guidance and tips about how to practise effectively with your child; you will gain musical knowledge and develop and grow as a musician yourself; you will have fun, and come away feeling better than when you arrived; you will find that the music you share with your child brings you closer together.
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