Tag: Suzuki Method

G Major Finger Pattern Exercise

I’ve started using the pop song Heathens by Twenty One Pilots to help violin students develop proficiency in finger patterns used for the Bach minuets in Suzuki book 1.  Sheet music is available on musicnotes.com but most students figure it out by ear. Here’s a link to a the Simply Three cover…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu427Fjlt1w

Violin Class Recital on Sunday, May 7 2017 at 5PM

Students of Emily Sunderman will present a recital on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 5PM at Saint Stephens Church, 3 Main Street, Middlebury, VT.   The violinists will be accompanied by pianist Gareth Cordery.  Everyone is welcome to attend!   Please invite your friends and families!   Donations will be accepted and applied towards music study

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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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