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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Occupy the Concert Hall? How Arts Donations Ignore Poor, Ethnically Diverse

Here is an interesting discussion about the role of money in making arts organizations more accessible to a broader public. As an educator, I believe it's vital for us to develop in children a love of, and interest in arts and culture from birth. Children who grow up with an appreciation for the arts become adults who patronize and support arts organizations in their communities.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Power of Community, SAA Campaign

 Happy Birthday to Dr. Suzuki (born Oct. 17, 1898).

If you have found the Suzuki experience to have a profound and positive impact in your child's life as well as your own, perhaps you will consider celebrating with the Suzuki Association of the Americas with a gift to the Power of Community campaign, aimed at building awareness of the Suzuki philosophy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to Practice

Even if you're not working on Hunter's Chorus, watch this video. It is an excellent demonstration of how to practice a piece. Notice how she does not start by playing through the piece as fast as possible, but instead focuses on a very small group of notes and plays them repeatedly. When she is finally ready to play through the piece, she does so at a slow tempo.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Benjamin Zander on music and passion | Video on

Benjamin Zander on music and passion | Video on If you watch only one of the videos posted on this blog, it should be this one. Particularly pertinent to the Suzuki experience (specifically to the importance of practicing reviews) is Zander's discussion in the first few minutes about how a child's performance of a piece evolves as he matures musically. That evolution only happens, however, if the child continues to practice (i.e. review) the piece over the course of several years. But the whole video is great, and very entertaining.

Charles Hazlewood: Trusting the ensemble | Video on

Charles Hazlewood: Trusting the ensemble | Video on