Danielle Gomez is a certified violin and viola teacher and a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She teaches violin and viola in Encinitas, CA and is the Director of the violin program at Santa Fe Montessori School.
A private music teacher usually only sees a student once a week while the parent will have to be there for the young student the other six days. The purpose of this booklet is to provide a guideline for areas that can cause problems in the home environment.
There are three people involved in the education of a young musician: the teacher, parent and child. The role of the parent is the most complex, especially if the parent does not know how to play the musical instrument. The purpose of this booklet is to explore that role and offer strategies for how to take what is taught in the lesson and bring it to the at-home practice session.
There are two sides to a young child’s musical development. One side involves the actual activities that are done during the practice. The other side to practicing is mental development. The purpose of this booklet is to present fifteen different strategies or adjustments you can make to your at-home practice in order to make the whole process smoother.
This manual is approximately 5,300 words
Introducing improvisation can be an intimidating prospect for both the student and the teacher. If the teacher has no previous experience with improvisation the concept can seem totally foreign. This booklet will give seven easy steps for the classically trained teacher.
This manual is approximate 3,000 words long.
Once the honeymoon excitement of learning an instrument fades away the real work must begin. This is a natural and necessary next step to the learning process. This booklet will give the teacher or parent fifteen strategies or adjustments that can be made to at-home practice in order to make the process smoother.
This manual is approximately 4,000 words long.
The idea of not just practice but repetition is one of the hardest lessons to instill in a young student. This booklet will give the teacher or parent ten starting ideas for repetition games.
Games change a frustrating task into something fun. A student that is having fun will be more open to corrections which makes the work they’re doing more productive.
A useful guide for anyone interested in private music studio teaching. Topics cover issues that should be addressed in this type of small business venture.
This manual is approximately 3,800 words long.