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Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families Paperback – June 19, 2017
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"Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families" arrives to help Suzuki parents work with their children in a way that is consistent with Suzuki's original concept while recognizing the realities of today's families. Beyond the Music Lesson" will be a essential introduction and reference for parents and teachers of the Suzuki method who want to do it right. - Alan Duncan The Suzuki Experience
About the Author
Christine Goodner is a dynamic and experienced Suzuki teacher with over 18 years of experience in music education. Her unique blend of expertise in music, child development, and leadership gives her a holistic approach to working with teachers, students, and their parents. You can read more of her writing and find updates on new projects on her blog SuzukiTriangle.com.
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There are many advantages of adapting the Suzuki method. Suzuki children grow up ready to take on any project or job and stick with it having the long term goal in mind. They seem not to be driven by the goal but by the process itself.
Grab Beyond the Music Lesson to discover and get inspired by the words of Christine Goodner, a Suzuki mom herself.
I would recommend any Suzuki educator or parent have this book on their shelf. An accessible read it was enjoyable while still be full of great ideas.
I also feel that this book moves beyond just working with music but raising kids in general. Looking into success and how to achieve goals!
Lastly, I just love the cover artwork and font throughout the book!
The most difficult year of practicing is generally the first, however. Prior books certainly have their place, but this book offers up a personable perspective of someone who has seen all 3 sides of the 'Suzuki Triangle', and I believe it serves the intended role of being a bridge between nurtured by love, and the first year of practice.
Put another way, some books look at the topic from 10,000 feet, others from 1 foot, or 10. For me, this seems like a book aimed in the 500-1000 feet range. It is a light read and strives to be an overview speaking to newer families, to set your music lessons off to a great start, or to 'tune up' your practice if you have been in lessons for a few years. The author relates to the listener with personal anecdotes that help the reader relate to the suggestions she offers. I think the author excels when she is pointing out the big picture, without getting haughty about the right way to do things. Personal examples help the author show where some of her viewpoints germinated. Busy, often frantic, parents will appreciate the compassionate tone, and direct message.
Whether your musical goals include college level playing, or you just want the worldly benefits that come from music lessons: all practice partners experience struggles, and the book is like talking to a friend who has gone through many of the struggles you are likely experiencing, and offering sympathy, and a few suggestions.
As a Suzuki violin teacher myself, I will suggest many of my families read this to help their practice be more fruitful, and fun for parent and child alike. As a Suzuki parent, I have already found benefit from the book in keeping my mindset appropriate to both enjoy our practice time more, and that so happens to yield more productive learning as well. Very cool!