How rewarding it is for parents to watch the children grow and develop, learning a skill that seems beyond their reach. Suzuki parents know that “nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy.”*
Suzuki teachers work hard to teach children to play one of the most difficult instruments; parents work hard to learn the skills they need to aid their children on the journey; and children learn that hard work has its own rewards.
Support for Parents
Parent training classes give parents knowledge and the specific skills they will need to support their child as he/she learns to play the violin. However, once in a while, parents need to be reminded that the path they’ve chosen is a worthy one; they need to know that they are doing it right.
Group class is a good opportunity for parents to support each other.
Calling an experienced Suzuki parent can really help.
Talking to an experienced Suzuki parent before or after class gives the new parent just the tips he/she may be looking for.
Suzuki Method Parent Discussion Group on Facebook, is a good place for parents to ask questions about all things Suzuki.
Another good source for parents is a post by Brecklyn Ferrin who is a mother and Suzuki violin teacher. She shares what she has learned from both sides of the bow. Click here to read her “Top 7 Things Your Suzuki Violin Teacher Wants You to Know.”
Learning to play the violin is one of the most challenging as well as one of the most rewarding activities a child (or adult) can undertake. Imagine the human physical structures that must work together to create beautiful music from this instrument. Suzuki believed that we can create a beautiful human spirit also through learning to play the violin. But it does take a parent who shares the same vision.
“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges….” Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
*Nicholas Sparks, American novelist, screenwriter and producer.