We found some articles with some very relevant information for Suzuki parents!
The key to smarter children? Music lessons – and nagging
by Leah McLaren, The Globe and Mail
My parenting style is a haphazard mixture of blind instinct and willful redress. I mostly just do what my parents did, except when I go out of my way not to repeat what I perceive as their mistakes. Signing my three-year-old son James up for Suzuki piano lessons was a mission born of the latter impulse rather than the former.
Being a Suzuki parent is harder than being a homeschool parent
from Fanning the Flame
Interesting and creative ideas for motivating home practice and recommended if your family is doing the 100-Day practice challenge!
Jacob’s desire to play violin had a major impact on our family. One does not do Suzuki lightly. No. One must jump in and swim entirely under water in order to really do the Suzuki thing. I had much less consuming ideas about the music education of my kids. Abbie started piano at 6, she took weekly lessons and practiced on most days for about fifteen minutes. We owned a piano. Therefore, my plan was to have each successive boy begin piano at age six or seven and continue on, unobtrusively, while I went about my business.
This is very rare for me. I was brought up to not use music – in fact, it was not allowed in lessons at all. Memorization was not another step, it was simply part of “learning the piece”, and if you had learned the piece, you wouldn’t be using the music. It seemed simple enough, so that’s what I did for the first ten years of my musical life – never having the sheet music in front of me at a lesson, unless my teacher wanted to show me a rhythm or note I’d misread.