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Patricia Baser

another day, another twinkle

June 25, 2007 at 10:29 PM

Day 3 of Suzuki Book 1 training was a combination of lectures and observations. Today we discussed setting up a balanced left hand and the steps to actually playing Twinkle. I observed 2 hours of mini lessons and one group technique class, and saw things ranging from a 4 yr old boy who could play O, Come Little Children very well to a 7 yr old girl (on heelies and drinking mountain dew) who could not maintain focus for more than a few moments. There was a violin & viola recital by Helen Kim and Catherine Lynn right before lunch. I did have to call up my public school teacher glare to get some teenagers in the back of the hall to take their conversation outside. It's probably not considered in the Suzuki spirit, but neither is talking while someone else is playing. We even had a nice little downpour as I was returning to my motel. I'm going to play my dulcimer now and enjoy not being good at it (it still confuses me to have the highest string closest to me, and I can only do it reading tab) before I get back to work on lesson plans for the school year.
From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on June 25, 2007 at 10:49 PM
Suzuki Twinkle just about did my 7-yo (then 6-yo) daughter in. She's going to do violin again next school year in the public school program, but I don't think she ever wants to hear that piece again (and I'm with her).

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