Repetition is crucial when developing a new skill or learning a new piece of music. Doing lots of repetition through games is also at the basis of Suzuki education and practice.
Often we need to be creative in getting our young musicians to practice and repeat things in a different way. In this post we will talk about just two Suzuki violin practice games which have been proven to be effective with my young Suzuki students. This blog is dedicated to Suzuki tips for teachers and parents. You can find many other ideas on our Suzuki Violin Practice page.
If you need ready practice games and activities to download, you can also check our resource page here.
Try the Number Suzuki Violin Game
Place them on the floor or a table face down.
The younger the child, the more they would enjoy this way of practicing. I am now working with two children ages 3 and 4. As they are learning numbers and counting in their kindergarden, this game taps into their newly acquired knowledge. They love it and each time they come to my studio they reach for the numbers!
Doing this will give your child a choice! However, once they’ve made their choice, they need to stick with it.
You can use the same concept and create different games for your child.
Your child can create their own Suzuki violin practice game following the same concept.
You can use the same idea when looking for repetition with a different subject (math, learning a foreign language, spelling, etc).
Try Practice Task Cards For Listening with Pre-Twinklers
You will enjoy this game if your child is just starting out. It is available as a pdf to download.
These are picture task cards. They can be done away from the instruments as all of them require kids to listen, sing or practice their Suzuki rhythms. The kids get to do all the singing, tapping and clapping they are required as they start developing their posture.
The younger the child, the more they will enjoy this Suzuki game. You can also keep these cards in your car and do some activities on the way to and from your violin lesson.
Find the game here.
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Compilation of charts, toys, illustrations, and games which may be cut from the book and used. Geared to parents and teachers of Suzuki violin, and for other instruments as well. (100 pp, spiralbound)
Dr. Suzuki said, "Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill." That's a lot of repetition! How can you do this while still keeping it fresh and fun?As a Suzuki viola and violin teacher, I get asked those questions a lot! So I started writing ideas, thoughts and strategies down for these books. This volume is about taking well known games and puzzles and making them into Suzuki practice strategies. They include: How to make musical fortune-tellers, play chess on the violin, crack musical cryptograms from Scrabble, Review Jenga, Practice Bingo, Stringman, Pre-Twinkler CandyLand and more!I use these games for my violin and viola students, but they will work for just about any Suzuki instrument. The games in this volume range from Pre-Twinkle through Book 4.My aim and wish is to help make your practice habit one that is based in positivity, kindness, creativity and fun. These games have made practice enjoyable for my students and I hope they will for you as well. Happy practicing!