I talked last week about introducing a new ritual to an advanced violinist in order to start every practice session on a meditative, reflective and conscious note.
For Helen, the older student I was teaching, I provided a simple broken chord sequence for her to play while listening to and analyzing the quality of her tone. But in working with her, I began to reflect on all of the ways we set up (or need to set up) this opportunity in the Suzuki method.
Suzuki insight that we can learn music as we learn language, implies that successful repetitions is a necessary part of learning. When learning to speak we continue to use all vocabulary words and grammatical structures, not just the most recently learned words.
So as we learn to play, we return back to the skills we learned in the very beginning, not just to repeat them, but to use those skills to communicate something meaningful.
As Suzuki put it, “Ability breeds ability.” [Read more…]