Making the Most of Your Music & Giggles Class
Music & Giggles classes have started at Monica Lima Suzuki Studio, so here are some tips to make the most of your class:
Plan to arrive about 5 minutes early for class.
Arriving a little before class provides time for your child to settle in to the musical environment as they prepare to enjoy exploring instruments, reading books, or listening to music. I do request that toys, juice cups, and pacifiers be kept out of sight, and that snacks be finished prior to class.
- Turn off your cell phone! Let’s spend more time with the children. This is more important than anything else during class.
- I would like you and your child to participate in class without your shoes on! There is a fair amount of movement so casual, comfortable clothing is ideal.
- During class, the most important thing you can do for your child is to be an active and patient role model. When you are an active, focused, enthusiastic participant in the class activities, your child will model your actions and focus more fully too.
- Most children will take some time to participate in class and that is perfectly normal. Don’t be discouraged- what a child is absorbing in class is often evidenced in the comfort of the home environment rather than in a certain participation in class. The understanding and consistency of the parent or caregiver in class is key to facilitating musical learning and growth.
- When your child is ready, he/she will express the desire to have a turn. They learn just as much by watching and listening as they do by having a turn themselves! If your child isn’t ready for a turn yet, the teacher may invite the parent to have a turn. This can help the child to feel ready.
- It is ok if your child doesn’t want to sit still in the beginning. This is completely normal and expected! Each class follows a basic pattern of sitting and moving activities, you and your child will learn this pattern over the course of a term or so.
- Follow the gentle directions from the teacher and don’t worry too much, you are probably more aware of your child’s behaviour than anyone else in the class.
- A calm and quiet environment is important for your child’s learning. Please avoid ‘bombarding’ your child with frequent verbal instructions; rather, allow them space to observe and listen.
- Some of the things we do in class are non-verbal, to encourage auditory awareness and observation skills. Please avoid the temptation to ‘translate’ into words or ‘commentate’ on what’s happening.
- Please remember that parents ‘chatting’ (even quietly) during or between activities is VERY DISTRACTING for the children, teachers and other parents.
- Listen to good music in the car and at home. Make music part of your everyday life. The Suzuki repertoire is beautiful and a good way to start.
- Read about the Suzuki Method. Read the book ”Nurtured by Love”, by Shinichi Suzuki.
- Have fun! Enjoy your time in class and learn with your child.