Need some practice inspiration? Some ideas to kick the practice doldrums? Click the image below to read a fantastic article by long time Suzuki teacher Joanne Bath about how to make practice work.
Professor of cello at West Virginia University, Erin Ellis, just shared this video that highlights the beautifully controlled bow arms of the Berlin Philharmonic cello section. She writes, "Students: 12 celli are always awesome, but check out the absolutely controlled contact points!! That's what I call a 'golden tone.' "
An excellent teacher friend of mine shared the image below. As teachers and parents we can help kids change their mindset by rephrasing their words when the going gets tough. I hope these are helpful as you practice with and encourage your young cellist!
Click the image above to read about how to help children keep themselves accountable for household tasks (that could include practicing an instrument!). If your household has an accountability system that grants your children age-appropriate autonomy, please comment and fill us all in!
Parents! I am happy to announce that digital downloads of Suzuki Method recordings are now available on Amazon and iTunes. Click the image below for more information.
Here is a quick plug for Thumbtack. If you are a professional and would like to get connected with people who might benefit from what you have to offer, consider a profile on this easy to navigate website. Check out the new BCS profile here: Music Lessons in Buffalo, NY
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We've all heard that music is good for your brain (at any age!). Here are some specifics about how music study supports whole child development. Click "Read More" to view the complete article.
Research shows there are direct correlations between musical training and improved language development, IQ, academic performance, reasoning abilities, creativity, and problem solving - fundamental skills that children take into adulthood and into their workplace, families, and community.
Parents and fellow teachers, I welcome your thoughts and comments on the following article. What has made practicing easier and more fun for your child or students?
Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums
by ANASTASIA TSIOULCAS
June 20, 2012 9:40 AM
Bethany is a cellist and Suzuki cello teacher in Buffalo, NY. Her interests include string pedagogy, educational theory and the craft of teaching, psychological aspects of playing and learning an instrument, the Alexander Technique, human development, urban arts initiatives, and all things cello!