Tag: Parents

Repost: What it’s like to audition at Juilliard. When you’re 11. — Penelope Trunk

This account by Penelope Trunk describes what is is like to parent a child on a track for Juilliard.  Her account is facinating, personal and feels authentic.  Check it out… The first round of auditions for Juilliard’s pre-college program is by video. From December to March my son practiced for three hours a day to

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Grounding mid lesson

Gabby Bernstein’s blog post, Meditation to prevent freaking out has instruction for a breathing practice that is useful for many situations.   I’ve found that it works well to calm down and speed up the practice of falling asleep.  I’ve also used it to prevent myself from interrupting a student when they are sawing away and I

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Practicing Every Day

I am procrastinating my own practice by writing this blog post.   I love practicing, but the transition from snuggling on the couch with my laptop and dog is no easy task.   Motivating my son to practice not one but two instruments is not my favorite thing.   But the actual practice — not

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Supported Practice

During the early days of musical instrument practice, practice is about carving out time for practice and developing the discipline to practice.  Incorporation of practice into the daily life of a family usually takes effort, not only by the student but by other members of the family.  It is usually a struggle at first to add

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Suzuki Violin Group Recital on Sunday

Students of Emily Sunderman will present a group recital on Sunday, November 20th at 5:15 at Saint Stephen’s Church in Middlebury, Vermont.   The class will be accompanied by a mini string orchestra, including special guests Romy Munkres and Helen Wright on Violins, Sam Liebhaber on Viola, Chelsea Colley-Robinson on cello, and Amy Mason and

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Cultivating Ownership

Below are some strategies from my notes from a lecture by Ed Kreitman to help parents cultivate student ownership of their instrument study: Offer encouraging, focused feedback as well as general praise to encourage students to work with purpose. Recognize and praise effort. Make success possible.  Begin practice with the easier material, question.   Confident learners

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Spring 2016 Recital Day!

I am super proud of the work of my students this year!  We gave a great concert yesterday!  I am so grateful to all the parents and family and friends who well supported practice and lessons this past year and to Sarah Trouslard for accompanying the recital! Our Program Pieces: Humoresque Chorus Minuet 1 Allegro Rhody Twinkle

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Pre-Twinkle Checklist

This is a checklist to assist parents monitoring new student progress. Bowing (feet together, lean over look at toes, 5 count- hippopotamus) Bow Hold connecting dots on fingers to dots on bow check for bent thumb curved pinkie Shaking hands Mississippi Hot Dog (or Dirty Doggie Scrub Scrub) Run Pony, Run Pony Tricycle, Tricycle Motorcycle,

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