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Practice video: The Easiest Way to Improve Music Practice with Your Child

How can you keep music practice interesting

Welcome to Practice Corner! If you watch only one Practice Corner, it should be this one.

Sometimes we feel overwhelmed or burnt out, and that comes through in practice. Even in difficult times (such as the holidays or the end of the school year), there is one thing you can do that will help you and your child have a better practice, feel more motivated, and build a stronger connection to each other.

Dr. Suzuki says: “Children learn to smile from their parents.”

Watch live (and ask questions)! Tune in every other Monday evening at ESMA’s Facebook Page for new Practice Corners. You can also share your own tips and questions.

If you can’t tune in to the broadcast, no worries. You can find our Practice Corner videos on the ESMA YouTube Channel, and at the Practice Corner section of the ESMA website.

What is one good thing you can say about your child’s practice today?




Practice video: Preparing for Recitals

Is your child preparing for a music recital?

Welcome to Practice Corner! Whether a Suzuki book graduation or a full-on studio recital, performances can be a time of celebration, anxiety, and opportunity for your Suzuki kid. Yet the recital prep you do at home can be far more important than the recital itself. The tone we set for performances makes a big difference in setting up a child for success. How can we ease nerves, get familiar with recital routine, and set expectations?

This week we’ll go over creative ways to prepare kids for recitals and ease their nerves.

Watch live (and ask questions)! Tune in every other Monday evening at ESMA’s Facebook Page for new Practice Corners. You can also share your own tips and questions.

If you can’t tune in to the broadcast, no worries. You can find our Practice Corner videos on the new ESMA YouTube Channel, and at the Practice Corner section of the ESMA website.

How do you prepare your kids for a recital?




Practice video: Review Games

How can you keep music practice interesting

Welcome to Practice Corner! We’ve talked all about why review is so important to build our repertoire… but how do you keep it fun and engaging? This week we’ll go over some creative ways to use review games to keep practice interesting.

Watch live (and ask questions)! Tune in every other Monday evening at ESMA’s Facebook Page for new Practice Corners. You can also share your own tips and questions.

If you can’t tune in to the broadcast, no worries. You can find our Practice Corner videos on the new ESMA YouTube Channel, and at the Practice Corner section of the ESMA website.

How do you keep review interesting and engaging?




Practice video: The importance of review

Why are review songs important?

Join Jodie for a discussion of the importance of review. Review is such a large part of the Suzuki philosophy, and it can make a difference in the success of the child.

Watch live (and ask questions)! Tune in every other Monday evening at ESMA’s Facebook Page for new Practice Corners. You can also share your own tips and questions.

If you can’t tune in to the broadcast, no worries. You can find our Practice Corner videos on the new ESMA YouTube Channel, and at the Practice Corner section of the ESMA website.

What are your tips and tricks for review songs?




Early Literacy & Storytimes with the Eugene Public Library

Love Your Library

Our family adores our Eugene Public Library. Ever since Connor was a baby, we have taken him and now baby Aster to library events such as their weekly Library Storytimes. (I also guest present there.)

Recently our librarians asked if we would help them with a video that encourages more families to come to the library, especially when they have babies and young children. We jumped at the chance—our library is part of why our son loves books and is well on the way to learning to read.

Wherever you are, I hope you have a wonderful library and, above all, that you take advantage of the programs and services they offer. And if you haven't yet? Well, there's no time like the present. See you at the library!




What is the key to success?

In our Suzuki music lessons, we talk a lot about the importance of perseverance and practice. But there’s something else just as important—if not even more important.

In this TED Talk video, consultant-turned-math-teacher Angela Lee Duckworth describes what she considers a key indicator of how a child can succeed. It’s a little thing called “grit.”

How can we better encourage grit in our kids?




What do babies think?

Even though your infant may not be able to share or express to us what they learn and think, they are learning and thinking so much! As a teacher and a parent, I see this every week with my own son in Little Notes class. Other families tell me too that they are much more aware than ever of how much their own infants and toddlers are learning and processing.

Research backs this up more and more too. In this TED Talk video, psychologist Alison Gopnik describes babies and young children as being like “the R&D division of the human species.” Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.

What is your baby thinking?




How World-Famous Violinist Midori Deals with Stage Fright

Is thinking about the recital giving your kids stage fright? World-famous violinist Midori talks about how to deal with stage fright, including one of our favorite tips: practice performance at home.




Oregon Bach Festival 2012 Preview

Speaking of summer, the Oregon Bach Festival returns to Eugene June 29-July 15 for its 42nd season. Here is a preview of this year’s musical events:




Virtuoso Cellist Zoe Keating Plays Eugene

We’re big fans of virtuoso cellist Zoe Keating, who recently played in Eugene. Check out how she combines cello and computers to create live performances of layered music that sounds like multiple players—but is just her:




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