If there is a positive part of the word pandemic at the moment, it is the opportunity to step back, have more time for yourself, and perhaps read a good book to fine-tune your work knowledge.
For today’s post, I wanted to do something slightly different. I wanted to provide my personal recommendations for books I enjoy. They will incorporate many areas of teaching, touching on Suzuki group classes but not necessarily stopping there.
This is what I enjoy reading when I am stuck at home.
- My Favorite Books When Thinking of My Own Teaching
- Between parent and teacher: A plan for nurturing Suzuki students at home
- How Muscles Learn: Teaching the Violin with the Body in Mind
- My Favorite Books When Thinking of Suzuki Group Classes
- Group Lessons for Suzuki: Violin and Viola
- The Suzuki Violinist : A Guide for Teachers and Parents Item
- My Favorite Books About Music and Motivation
- The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
- My Favorite Leadership Books
- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
- Crisis Leadership: Principles and tactics for success when your world turns upside down
- My Favorite Books on Music Studio Business and Music Studio Business
My Favorite Books When Thinking of My Own Teaching
Few of us are lucky to have a mentor they keep at their heart for many years.
I was lucky to be able to work with Susan Kempter for many years. I feel that I owe my teaching career to her.
I came to New Mexico as a student. You know…that tiny state where people usually ask you if it is in the USA or in Mexico. I worked with Susan at the University of New Mexico very closely first as a student, then as one of the coordinators for her university pedagogy program.
I cannot recommend her books loud enough. I always find something new to learn. Reading them always brings me closer to the roots of my teaching. They are a constant reminder of going back to where I started from.
If you read this blog regularly, these books are the best recommendation for you as you will find similar ideas expanded.
Susan has always been talking about not just what to teach but how to teach it so all students and parents understand. We all know what the final goal should be. But getting there is not always easy. You will find a lot of practical ideas in the books below.
Between parent and teacher: A plan for nurturing Suzuki students at home
How Muscles Learn: Teaching the Violin with the Body in Mind
My Favorite Books When Thinking of Suzuki Group Classes
In all reality, there is shortage of Suzuki group lesson books with lesson plans and ideas. We have plenty for books written on the Suzuki philosophy itself, but not so many books about the actual application and day-to-day teaching of group classes.
This is the biggest reason of why I started this blog.
Based on my own practice and what has worked for my classes, you can find many free Suzuki group class teaching ideas on this blog. Here are some starting points and articles:
These are the two popular books with Suzuki group class teaching ideas among the Suzuki communities. Both staples with wonderful ideas.
Carolyn McCall’s book will give you direct ideas on group classes. The second one is William Star’s staple on the Suzuki pedagogy and ideas. You can also find great ideas about Twinkle group classes in it.
Here are the two books:
Group Lessons for Suzuki: Violin and Viola
The Suzuki Violinist : A Guide for Teachers and Parents Item
My Favorite Books About Music and Motivation
Motivation is such a powerful concept!
It is also such a big part of your success as a teacher.
I have had a variety of teaching experiences. In any situation, the students’ motivation has been the biggest factor that brings a program and a student to a new level.
It is the students who excel with little family support who have been most motivating to me personally.
I have one student in particular who is so inspiring! She has come from a very difficult family situation. Regardless, she was able to rise through all problems. She is now off to college to become a music educator. I have been grateful to teach students like that. I know we all have the students who teach us more than we teach them with their determination.
But how do you motivate ALL of your students to do that?
You will really enjoy reading these books and you might even find some answers:
The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
My Favorite Leadership Books
No matter how big or small your program, it is important to start thinking of yourself as the leader of your music community.
Not just a teacher.
Do you teach or conduct an orchestra program? The beginning of the transition was quite intricate managing the energies of booster parents, student leaders and the rest of the body. These leadership books have been very helpful and they have helped me think about my teaching from a much bigger perspective.
The first two books are a staple.
The last one…I thought we might all want to read right around now. Let me know what you think if you do!
Remember we are all leaders! If you have a small studio, you lead these families through the Suzuki education. If you are a mom , you have a leadership role within your family. The concept applies in all areas of life.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Crisis Leadership: Principles and tactics for success when your world turns upside down
My Favorite Books on Music Studio Business and Music Studio Business
If you maintain a private studio, you must have wondered at least once about building your studio bigger and creating a lasting stream of new and excited students.
Book Yourself Solid has ONE idea that is so important and all music teachers need to understand. Literally one of the chapters in this book will give you all you need. The creation of your own brand in your studio. Whether the book gives you more students, I guarantee it will make you think in different ways which will make you SO much happier with the energies in your studio.
Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling
What Books Have You Found Helpful? Share In The Comments!
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How Muscles Learn provides information useful in helping teachers find productive techniques in teaching based on how muscles learn movement patterns. Muscles and bodies can and should be thoroughly trained before concentrating exclusively on musical outcomes. Contents include: the importance of good posture, range of motion and movement, muscles have memory: how movement patterns are acquired, and proactive interference: its issues and effects. Each chapter includes helpful photographs illustrating techniques, helpful hints, exercises to practice the principles in each section, and musical examples.
A compilation of violin and viola repertory group lesson ideas, planned to reinforce what is learned at individual lessons at home. This 84-page book is organized according to students' ability levels from pre-Twinkle through Volume 4. Each chapter contains an introduction, suggested warm-up activities, and appropriate ideas for working toward these goals: posture, concentration and coordination, right hand techniques, left hand techniques, and musicality. Activities for combined violin and viola groups, and suggestions for the end of the group lesson wrap up each section of the book. This is an attractive and useful book with an emphasis on ideas. Photographs help to illustrate concepts.
The Suzuki Violinist (Revised) is a comprehensive guide to the Suzuki violin literature containing many illustrations. Widely used internationally by both teachers and parents, this newly revised edition contains musical examples which have been inserted for all of the suggested exercises for ease of reference. In addition, an entirely new chapter has been added called "Practice Can Be Fun" which includes material from speeches that William Starr has given at institutes to children, parents, and teachers. It also includes stories on practicing which can be read to children.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You (10th Anniversary Edition)
If you’ve never read The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, you’ve been missing out on one of the best-selling leadership books of all time. If you have read the original version, then you’ll love this new expanded and updated one. Internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author John C. Maxwell has taken this million-seller and made it even better: Every Law of Leadership has been sharpened and updatedSeventeen new leadership stories are includedTwo new Laws of Leadership are introducedNew evaluation tool will reveal your leadership strengths—and weaknessesNew application exercises in every chapter will help you growWhy would Dr. Maxwell make changes to his best-selling book? “A book is a conversation between the author and reader,” says Maxwell. “It’s been ten years since I wrote The 21 Laws of Leadership. I’ve grown a lot since then. I’ve taught these laws in dozens of countries around the world. This new edition gives me the opportunity to share what I’ve learned.”
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From Inc.com's most popular columnist, a counterintuitive--but highly practical--guide to finding and maintaining the motivation to achieve great things. It's comforting to imagine that superstars in their fields were just born better equipped than the rest of us. When a co-worker loses 20 pounds, or a friend runs a marathon while completing a huge project at work, we assume they have more grit, more willpower, more innate talent, and above all, more motivation to see their goals through. But that's not at actually true, as popular Inc.com columnist Jeff Haden proves. "Motivation" as we know it is a myth. Motivation isn't the special sauce that we require at the beginning of any major change. In fact, motivation is a result of process, not a cause. Understanding this will change the way you approach any obstacle or big goal. Haden shows us how to reframe our thinking about the relationship of motivation to success. He meets us at our level--at the beginning of any big goal we have for our lives, a little anxious and unsure about our way forward, a little burned by self help books and strategies that have failed us in the past—and offers practical advice that anyone can use to stop stalling and start working on those dreams. Haden takes the mystery out of accomplishment, proving that success isn't about spiritual awakening or a lightning bolt of inspiration --as Tony Robbins and adherents of The Secret believe--but instead, about clear and repeatable processes. Using his own advice, Haden has consistently drawn 2 million readers a month to his posts, completed a 107-mile long mountain bike race, and lost 10 pounds in a month. Success isn't for the uniquely-qualified; it's possible for any person who understands the true nature of motivation. Jeff Haden can help you transcend average and make lasting positive change in your life.
In this instant New York Times bestseller, Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” “Inspiration for non-geniuses everywhere” (People).The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of “genius,” Angela Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. In Grit, she takes us into the field to visit cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, teachers working in some of the toughest schools, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon to New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. “Duckworth’s ideas about the cultivation of tenacity have clearly changed some lives for the better” (The New York Times Book Review). Among Grit’s most valuable insights: any effort you make ultimately counts twice toward your goal; grit can be learned, regardless of IQ or circumstances; when it comes to child-rearing, neither a warm embrace nor high standards will work by themselves; how to trigger lifelong interest; the magic of the Hard Thing Rule; and so much more. Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference. This is “a fascinating tour of the psychological research on success” (The Wall Street Journal).
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