Wow, what a week it has been in Ceol Chuilinn! Annual Spring Concert is over for 2016! My students really worked so hard in the week leading up to our concert at the weekend. We came back after the Easter break and literally had just days until our concert so they had been a bit… Continue reading Annual Spring Concert
It’s finally Springtime and for me that means only one thing – annual concert time! Once Easter is over and the clocks have changed we have an extra hour of daylight in the evening, yeay! One more hour to run outside and not practice!! I love to see the kids outside and in the fresh… Continue reading Concert Preparation
Parents often ask me, ‘How long should we be practicing for?’ What parents should understand is that frequency is more important than length. A little bit every day is far more beneficial to the child than one long practice the day before their class! A parent’s most important job in relation to practice is to make the practice… Continue reading How Long Should I Practice For?
When I ask my students if they are listening to their CD I get a fairly entertaining array of answers! Most of them are great – listening in the car, during breakfast, before bed, during homework etc. All great passive listening opportunities. Active listening is often overlooked and I think especially when students are… Continue reading Passive versus Active listening
This week my focus has been on CD listening. As the week went on I began to wonder whether my students were listening enough or not. To be fair to them, it just happened that CD listening was the particular bee in my bonnet this week! I think for the most part we don’t fully… Continue reading Benefits of Listening
In recent weeks I’ve been getting my students ready for our national graduations. To non-Suzuki readers this is like Suzuki’s answer to the conventional exam system. Students record themselves playing an ‘old’ piece that is at least a book behind their current piece and is pre-assigned by our national Suzuki association, the SEII. As I… Continue reading Finding Perfection
Creating a good Mind Map is a task well worth doing. I love to do these every couple of months for news ideas and inspiration. There’s something very therapeutic about doodling the time away on my Mind Map. This is such a simple task and you can spend as much or as little time as… Continue reading Why You Should Make A Mind Map