- Parental involvement is key to student success – though what form that takes depends on the child’s age and level and individual personality.
- In the case of pre-school children parents actually learn first, then begin helping their children.
- Elementary age children will typically do fine with parents simply observing the lesson and occasionally assisting at home as assigned by the teacher.
- High school age students may seem independent, but will still need appropriate parental support, as discussed in lessons
- It is Strickland Suzuki Strings policy that an adult MUST be present in the room during the lesson of any student under the age of 18.
- During the lesson the parent should plan on taking notes (bring a notebook!) and photos and even videos with their phone as needed.
- Please however remember the ONE TEACHER at a time guideline! It is confusing to children to have two adults telling them what to do at the same time. Let me be the one to instruct your child. Watch so that you will know how best to help them at home. If you have observations or questions, please direct them to me, not your child.
- For more on parental involvement and roles, read “Beyond the Music Lessons: Habits of Successful Suzuki Familes” by Christine E.Goodner.
- Siblings are welcome, even encouraged to be present, in lessons. However, they need to behave in such a way that the parent’s primary focus can be on the child taking the lesson.
- Consecutive lessons/Observing
Observing lessons is highly encouraged in Suzuki environments. You can learn so much from watching others! Students are encouraged to arrive 5-10 minutes in advance of their scheduled lesson. Please enter quietly and do what you need to before your lesson, and sit and watch a few minutes of the lesson before yours. You may also stay 5-10 minutes after your lesson to quietly observe the next student’s lesson. When you enter/leave during another student’s lesson expect to be ignored - I will stay in the “teaching bubble” with the student who is having a lesson. If however you are the first lesson of the day, or there has been a gap between yours and the previous lesson, what you may get to observe if you arrive more than 5 minutes early is me doing the things I do to get ready for lessons!
Updated June 27, 2019. Subject to change with reasonable notice.