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Learning is an incredible experience that encompasses all parts of life. YES, that sometimes means fun, silliness and cheesy jokes!!!
We are using the quarter note rests from the Blue Jello Rhythm Puzzles that are a part of the Music Mind Games curriculum created by the brilliant pedagogue Michiko Yurko. I highly recommend this music theory program - your students will have so much fun, they hardly even realize that they are learning!
For more information, please visit the Music Mind Games website.
Below is a list of links to the origins from some of the repertoire in Suzuki Violin Book 2.
2. Musette example from J.S. Bach (this is to help give a sense for the dance and bagpipe feel of a true musette).
3. Hunters' Chorus
4. Long, Long Ago
6. Bouree (I was unable to find this).
7. The Two Grenadiers
8. Theme from "Witches of Dance"
9. Gavotte from "Mignon"
10. Lully Gavotte
11. Minuet in G
12. Boccherini Minuet
Additionally, Mark Polesky just created a resource of references for the origins of pieces from all of the Suzuki Violin repertoire Books 1-10. For a more in depth exploration of the Suzuki repertoire please visit: http://www.markpolesky.com/suzuki/
Feel free to share related links to your favorite Suzuki related recordings below in our comments.
Answer = Pipe Cleaners!
We have also used pipe cleaners to re-create Blue Jello cards with great success (see picture below.). For more information on the incredible Blue Jello cards that are a part of the highly recommended Music Minds Games curriculum please visit: http://www.musicmindgames.com
- It is not easy
- It is not instant
- It is earned little by little thru daily effort over a course of years
My hope is that this parent talk ignited some of the deeper reasons why we have committed to a Suzuki violin education and that this clarity of reason keeps you strong in your commitment when challenges come along.
Educator, Violinist, Philosopher & Humanitarian
Shinichi Suzuki was struck by this simple observation – every child learns to speak their native tongue. He took the elements that go into learning a language and applied them to learning to play the violin. These elements include:
• Beginning early
• Step by step mastery
• Learning in a community
• Positive encouragement and active involvement from the parent
• Reading music after having control of the instrument
Suzuki believed that the main concern any parent should have for their children is to help them develop into noble human beings with beautiful hearts. He felt this could be accomplished by teaching music thru the mother tongue method. It was his hope that we can nurture children to be better citizens to create more peace in the world. For his work Suzuki was named a Living National Treasure by the Emperor of Japan and nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Components of a Suzuki program:
• Parent education
• Active involvement of the parent
• Weekly individual lessons
• Group classes
• Summer institutes
• Daily listening to the Suzuki recordings
• Daily home practice
• Special Events (motivational speakers, outreach performances, practice parties)
Additional resources and information available at the Suzuki Association of the Americas website: www.suzukiassociation.org
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