We are a ‘somewhat’ musical family… I play the piano (having taken lessons as a child) and dabble on the violin and mandolin. Mic plays a little guitar and banjo. My parents play bluegrass music. Life is busy, so we don’t make time to practice much these days… It’s time to try to change that!
A while back, I started occasionally having ‘music time’ with the kids. We have a fair collection of child-friendly musical instruments.
I also purchased The Best of Wee Sing by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp – Book and CD. (The images below are Amazon affiliate links. If you use them to make any purchases, we will receive a small commission. For more information, please see our Legal Stuff page. Links will open in new tabs.)
With the enthusiasm of a new parent, I bought Lala a tiny violin for her first birthday… 🙂 We have played with it a little bit and I fully intended to start working with her using the Suzuki method when she turned 3… She is now 4 and a half… Best laid plans and all…
Here is what we have… Mendini 1/32 MV300 Solid Wood Satin Antique Violin with Hard Case, 2-Bows, Rosin and Extra Strings (Amazon affiliate link) – It’s so tiny and cute!
My mom gave me the Suzuki Method books she had purchased when I was a little girl… I briefly took violin lessons when I was four, but ended up not continuing due to the usual complications of life… So, these books I am looking at are about as old as I am… 🙂
The Suzuki Violinist by William J. Starr (Amazon affiliate link)
Listen and Play – Book 1 by John D Kendall (Amazon affiliate link)
I’m finally getting started reading The Suzuki Violinist. I am finding the concept of teaching children by the ‘mother-tongue’ philosophy or as they learn language –
- without lessons, drills, or exercises
- before they know how to read
- because they are driven to communicate
to be fascinating! I have so much more to learn. I may need to get a newer book with accompanying CD, but want to do some more research first.
If you would like to learn more, I have included a few resources for additional information below.
Suzuki Method Resources:
Now to implement the daily listening and playing activities recommended… There’s always a tricky part! 😉