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Before you read the full article, make sure you check our Suzuki teaching page where you can find a ton of fun games and activities for your group class. Make sure you also visit our resource page where you can find lots of ready Suzuki practice games you can use both in your private lessons and as a part of your Suzuki group class.
But first…about me…
I have been teaching Suzuki for about 15 years now. I trained wth Prof. Susan Kempter at the University of New Mexico. After completing my Masters I opened two private Suzuki violin programs in the area and I started teaching part time at a public school strings program as well. The beginning of my teaching was very busy but I also learned a lot.
Later on I started working as a string pedagogy coordinator at the University of New Mexico. I would help younger teachers with lesson planning and feedback. This blog was a product of some of these demo lessons and discussions.
These days I conduct a high school program and I do lots of clinics both for Suzuki violin group classes and conducting young string orchestras.
I absolutely love what I do. I hope some of the ideas and Suzuki activities in this blog to be helpful to you as well!
About this article
This post offers one activity that I love doing especially toward the end of the school year. You can check other Suzuki violin group class games and activities on this page. Additional articles with helpful tips and more games will also be linked at the end of this post.
The X Factor Suzuki Group Class Activity
I’ve started planning some of my Suzuki violin group classes to imitate the X-factor shows. The kids absolutely love it! This has become a favorite. It makes the Suzuki violin group classes and working on technical problems and review very effective as everyone is focused and engaged.
When teaching many Suzuki violin classes, you need to start getting as creative as possible after awhile. I do these activities with my Suzuki book 2 and 3 classes and so far it has been fun!
I am finding out that my students especially enjoy doing these activities at the end of the school year. It provides a nice change at that time.
How to Use The Suzuki Violin Game
You can use this game for any age Suzuki violin group class. It tends to work best with more experienced students. The best part is that you can use this Suzuki violin group class activity to work on a variety of technical skills.
Simply choose three students to act as judges for a given piece or activity. Carefully give them instructions on how to give feedback. One of the judge has to be positive all the time. One has to provide more critical feedback (but not in a negative way) and one has to do both by giving both positive and what needs improvement.
You can also utilize three parents to act as the judges.
Pick a specific song or technical concept in the song you want the Suzuki violin students to work on. In many cases that could be staying together and watching the leader. It could also incorporate technical skills such as bow hold, moving the elbow when crossing string, left hand posture, etc.
Note: The Suzuki violin method fosters non-competitive learning. When we play this game, we take feedback, but in most cases we are all winners. The game is never played so that a student feels inferior at the end.
The Suzuki violin group class activity can take a portion of the class. You may also schedule it to be the entire lesson plan for that day. See ideas below:
How to Schedule the Suzuki Violin Activity:
Here is my favorite way to schedule the Suzuki violin group class for older students:
Separate the material the students will work on class between:
- One technical element or preview
- One piece (practice staying together, listening, watching the leader)
- Note reading at the end.
The different judges give feedback for each of the activities
At the end all students play for the audience (the parents) and the audience votes if they are ready and have learned the material well.
Don’t be afraid to change the “rules” of the game a bit to fit the needs of your class.
This is also a fantastic way to involve the kids who are not playing a certain piece yet and make them judges. When do they know when to move from one activity to the other? Want to go further? Why not involve the parents as well? Then can vote when the element worked out sounds great! They can be the judges as well.
Additional Suzuki Group Class Activities and Ideas
I am a big fan of creating fun Suzuki violin group class activities that change the pace of the lesson but also provide opportunities for learning in a fun way. See below other Suzuki violin group class ideas you will enjoy doing with your students:
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Suzuki Group Class Ready Lesson Plans
This year I have started collecting ideas and activities that have worked for me into ready lesson plans so teachers can get them and deliver a great group lesson plan with no extra fuss or extra planning. Find links to some of them below:
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