Practice Corner: Motivation

When talking about practice, motivation can often be the elephant in the room. What motivates us to play music? Why do we spend hours and hours practicing our instruments? Often people who have not had experience with learning music believe it is full of passion all the time. However, when you talk to any musician, … Read More

Practice Corner: Self-Efficacy

Are you familiar with the concept of self-efficacy? Self-efficacy is similar to self-esteem, but is slightly different and not as well known. Self-efficacy is when someone believes in their ability to reach goals and execute behaviors. It is directly tied with one of our important Suzuki concepts that success builds success. Children have high self-efficacy … Read More

Practice Corner: Observation

At the end of every Little Notes class we take the opportunity to write down an observation about our class and what was experienced. Since there are so many firsts in early childhood, this is relatively easy to accomplish. Observation is also highly important in Suzuki teacher training. We spend hours observing master teachers for … Read More