Dear Parents,
Congratulations on a great first class.

The notebooks which were given out at the lesson for each student contain the calendar, assignment sheets, the first pieces in Book One with the solfege written above the notes, staff paper for writing notes on, and a disc of selected pieces in the Suzuki repertoire which you can use in addition to listening to the Book One disc most hours of the day/night.

The listening is the most important part of providing the optimum environment for learning. There is no such thing as listening too much! It is important to keep the volume down low so that it is in the background. Pretty soon you will find yourself humming the pieces when you are in the grocery store. This is a good sign.
When the children do this that means they are internalizing the sound of the pieces. This is the readiness for actually playing those sounds on the piano. This is natural learning.

The assignment sheet can be used this week to mark off each day they practice the bow. You can also mark the listening box. Please bring the assignment sheet back to the lesson so that they can show it to me.
It is good if they want to go to the piano to make sounds after the bow, and then bow again at the end of the piano time. Just a bow is good too. Each week as practice evolves you will bow at the beginning and the end of the practice in the same manner that the child bows with me at the lesson.

Please read the post in this blog entitled “Please and Thank-you”. You can just click the link, or search it on the top by name or find it under “Studio Notes” on the right side of this blog.

You can begin writing the solfege notes in your score. You can use the photocopies as reference. However if you can sing the solfege without the names written above the note you do not need to do this. Also please sing “Do a deer” so that the children can learn the words as we will continue to sing it for the next few weeks.

Following is a great video link from You-Tube:

“Do a Deer”

Enjoy!

Leah Brammer