A Whole New (Suzuki) World

Many of my friends live in the world of Suzuki Strings. For years, I’ve watched their students excel at learning to play their instruments, and now it is our turn!

One of the difficult things about the homeschool world is you have to pay for almost everything extracurricular. That’s ok. Clearly, you have to choose what you will and won’t pay for or can and can’t pay for. We are blessed with relatives that believe so strongly in the importance of music education that they are willing to help our children obtain this experience.

And so it begins. Selecting a teacher is critical! Let’s just say I learned that when I was growing up.

Our oldest began taking Suzuki piano from a dad and Director in our Classical Conversations homeschool community. They already have a great relationship through CC, so it was a no-brainer. If you live in the DFW mid-cities area and are looking for a teacher, I’d be happy to pass along his information.

Over the moon with excitement, our two middle children started Suzuki Violin last week. Two violins, two bows, two cases, to bars of rosin, two poly pads, one book.

Two of everything!

Two of everything!

They are the cutest things I have ever laid my eyes on. Fortunately, in our search, we located a fabulous teacher with endless patience for our fidgety boy and our quiet girl.

Look at these cute photos! (Being this cute helps, but is not required – as evidenced by my attempts to play the instrument.)

Learning to bow.

Learning to bow.

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The idea of three students in Suzuki at once intimidates me a little bit. Encouraging three students to continually practice, I’m a little overwhelmed. I know they won’t be through the roof excited every time I say PRACTICE!

But music education is important to me, and it’s a commitment that begins with me. Daily, I need to put in the time with them, model for them commitment. We’re learning this together. The Suzuki model requires this, which is another reason it appealed to us.

Music Education and appreciation is a large part of a Classical Education. When it comes to truth, goodness, and beauty, music is often heavy in the beauty department. I’m the type that cries when music truly moves me at the deepest part of my soul.

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However, music also moves hearts in the wrong direction. We’ve all heard of crimes committed that were attributed back to words in songs where music was used to influence for evil. I want my children to recognize the beautiful music, not the tragic mess some have made of it in the name of art.

I’m not looking for a concert pianist or concert violinists, but students who grow into adults with a deep appreciation for the fine arts, including music. Students who can recognize beautiful music and dangerous music on their own.

And get excited about it!

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Why Suzuki? Here are several reasons that show you the Suzuki method and classical education go hand in hand.

  • An early start (we missed this with our older 2, but that’s ok)
  • Parental Involvement
  • The importance of listening to music
  • A nurturing and positive learning environment
  • Learning to play first and then learning to read
  • Social interaction with other children: Communicating through the language of music

Anxious to share our journey with you. Always looking for tips on getting your students to practice willingly and with a happy heart!

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1/16 size violin. Does it get any cuter than this?

 

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