Useful Websites

The Practice Shoppe  This site contains numerous free downloads.  There are games, song specific charts and repetition sheets galore.

eMusic Theory  A site with “free music theory drills.”  There are matching games for strings finger position/pitch name; naming notes on a staff, or grand staff; rhythm performance and more.

Blank Sheet Music   Here one can design and print your own staff paper.  Change the number and kind of staves on the page, the clef, key and time signature before printing. Free

MES English  A fantastic collection of free game boards with and without printable cards.  These can be readapted for music lessons.  Free

Classics for Kids  Interactive games for pitch ID on the staff, rhythm recognition, composers, and the ability to compose and hear one's own music in a appealing presentation. Free

Practicing With Your Child

Without a doubt practicing with your child is the most important part of the Suzuki method and arguably the most difficult.  Only a very few children remain enthusiastic about learning an instrument once the "drudgery" of daily practice begins.

But there is a better way!  Though people of any age learn more efficiently if play is involved, for young children, play is essential!  Children learn through play.  For children play is serious business.  Deprived of it, their brains just don't develop properly.

This section of the auntrhody.org contains many ideas to make practice a fun event for child and parent.  The practicing partner must have a playful and loving attitude.  It does NOT mean that the practice session has with no goals, or that inadequate attention is paid to details.  It merely means that progress is more likely to occur if the practicing participants are having fun.

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The training of children is a profession,

        where we must  know how to lose time

               in order to gain it.           

Jean Jacques Rousseau