Ensure success at your child’s lesson by following these tried and true suggestions offered up by teachers, parents and even students:
Preparation on Lesson Day
- Mention to your child early in the day that it’s lesson day.
- Mention it periodically throughout the day with enthusiasm and interest.
- Play the Suzuki CD, focussing on the songs that your child is learning.
Before Departure and on the way to the Studio:
- Offer your child a healthy snack.
- Allow plenty of time to get to the studio – no one enjoys feeling rushed.
- Listen to the Suzuki CD in the car.
- Arrive at the studio quietly, remove outerwear, and if there is another session
in progress, sit down and listen.
- Please remember to be as quiet as possible. While you are waiting, you are actually preparing your child to focus and concentrate on his/her lesson.
What to Bring to the Studio
- Your Suzuki repertoire book.
- Your Practice Guide and a pencil for note taking.
- Refrain from bringing toys or other items that might distract your child.
During Your Child’s Lesson
- During your child’s lesson, you are the “silent partner.” As an observer, your role is to simply watch, listen, and take notes.
- Questions and comments can break your child’s focus, so save them for the end of the session.
- A show of affection for your child, such as a hug, smile, or high five, is usually well received at the end of the session. This kind of non-verbal communication demonstrates support for your child.
- Children know when they are being patronized, so be very careful and honest about your praising.
Stop While You Are Ahead
- If your teacher notices that your child’s attention span is waning, she may conclude the lesson, regardless of what time it is, because continuing might be counter-productive.