Christine Goodner, author of "Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families" and co-creator of the "Beyond the Music Lesson" podcast (both extremely valuable resources for any Suzuki parent, student, or teacher) has recently published an article on her research conducted regarding the struggles of practice for the Suzuki parent and child.
The majority of the study was done on parents with Suzuki children ages 8-11. When faced with the ultimate question: do you and your child struggle when it comes to practicing? The results were clear. 100% of families report a struggle when it comes to practicing. You are not alone!
The most common problem: "The Parent’s Role: This was the biggest category and included things like: not knowing how to get to everything, not having the patience, not feeling up to the level of energy it takes, and (the biggest one) struggling with how to give feedback in a way their child will accept."
And my favorite part - what actually helps? Ok, ok, it's a struggle - we can all agree on that. What works to make it better? "Overwhelmingly what is working for parents is being consistent and having a routine (54%)"
Amen! I swear, I didn't pay her to write this article, but I was nodding vigorously when I read this part. Routine is the single most effective way to make practice happen, to get done with less tears and meltdowns, to make it less of a chore, and to get it done consistently. Same time, same place, every day.
And lastly, I'll leave you with the quote that kept coming up.
"It's hard, but it's rewarding."
Check out the article here.
Happy practicing, I appreciate all you parents and what you do!