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Musical Mayhem…

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:

I also found this article on What is the Suzuki Method? from to be very interesting.

Now to implement the daily listening and playing activities recommended…  There’s always a tricky part!  😉