Music played by youngsters is a beautiful sound, unless you are trying to get your child to focus their attention while loud noises are floating in from another room. We recognize the need for improved soundproofing at our studios and have taken one large step to helping contain these extraneous sounds. This summer, contractors laid sound attenuating insulation across the entirety of the ceiling, and all the HVAC openings have been fitted with acoustical boots. The Board of Directors has invested in this significant soundproofing, and we have already noticed a big improvement. We plan to evaluate the need for additional soundproofing and studio improvements and continue to invest in the quality of our studio space into the future.
As Suzuki parents, our “to-do” list might be quite extensive. Practice every day. Go to Group Class. Listen to the recordings. Attend concerts. Sign up for the recital. It can be easy to focus on these tasks, and lose sight of the bigger picture. And when we lose sight of the bigger picture, we can grow weary. Maybe instead of “to do’s” we could think of what we want our children “to be.”
It’s the long-term mindset that sets a successful Suzuki family apart from the rest. When we think about the bigger picture of the life lessons that we want our children to learn from this musical experience, those are the lessons that matter. The lessons that help develop the whole child and nurture the heart. And we can relax a little if our practice on Tuesday was cut short, because we know that our child is learning something from daily practice, even if we have a few bad days.
The long-term commitment to mastery, listening for beauty, being part of a community and daily practice will all help us keep the bigger picture goals in mind. Your family has a beautiful picture of who you are raising your child to be, and we hope that you can keep that clear vision in mind for the long term.
Summary from Beyond the Music Lesson: Habits of Successful Suzuki Families by C.E. Goodner
Many small repetitions add up to BIG results! This September, join the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy in our 30-Day Review Challenge. In Nurtured by Love, Dr. Suzuki wrote, “Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill.” Review, one of the core philosophies of the Suzuki method, is where the progress happens. Let’s Fall in Love with Review!
What: ISA 2018 Review Challenge: Fall in Love with Review!
When: September 1 - 30, 2018. This is a 30-Day challenge.
How: Before and during the challenge, each student seeks sponsors, who pledge support for their review. Sponsors can pledge a certain amount for each review piece played in the month of September. Recommended amounts are $0.01 to $1.00 per review, or a flat fee donation. Our goal is for every child to find 3-10 sponsors, raising a total of $50. Neighbors, friends, and family are wonderful sponsors! (example: Sponsors pledge a total of $0.50 per review, and child completes 100 reviews in September, raising $50!)
Prize: Student with the most review wins 3 tickets to an ISO performance!