Sherry shared a handful of tips and tricks she has learned from her own experience as a Suzuki parent, one of which I want to share with you in this post.
I don’t know about you, but Delaney has reached a point where she doesn’t always like to hear what I have to say during a practice session. Basically, she doesn’t want me to teach her, which can make things rather difficult since I am her teacher. Sherry experienced this with her son. He didn’t want her teaching him, so she began giving him a penny per word she said for his piggy bank. The kicker is that in order to get the pennies he had to actually do what she said. For example, in Allegro, if you child is having difficulty with the popping finger section you might say, “Leave 1 down.” (3 pennies) or “Stop the bow between notes.” (5 pennies). Maybe, Wish I had a Watermelon is sounding a little sloppy, you might say, “Stop bow after each note.” (5 pennies). I thought this was great because not only is it motivating for your child, but it also makes you as the parent give very concise directions. This can be especially good if you tend to get long winded and talk too much. Say what you need to say, making sure it is short and to the point.
I love hearing about new ideas that have worked for others during practice, don’t you?! I think I will head to the bank and pick up a couple rolls of pennies. Delaney will love this one and, really, you can never have too many tricks up your sleeve!