SSM Monthly Parent Letter

Dear Parents, 

Welcome to this incredible  journey you have embarked upon, providing your child/ ren with the opportunity of studying  a  musical instrument with us . Your participation in your child’s musical education is impactful in both tangible and intangible ways . 
Whether you have just taken your initial steps and are supporting a pre-twinkler, or it’s your third or fourth time through the Suzuki method with us , these monthly letters are a gift to you .  Each month you will find a post focused on supporting / nurturing / exploring your needs . 
Often the topics addressed will coincide with a specific in- person parent break out session during our monthly playins at the MYArts building . 
The sessions will be directed by one of our faculty and/or guest presenter . 
Stay tuned for a special  letter next week introducing the October Play In topic:
Tuning your instrument 
Care of your instrument 
We welcome Janse Vincent as facilitator and luthier Ilsa Reed (SSM alumna).
We hope you’ll take the time out for yourselves to recharge, reconnect and return home with fresh ideas or new skills that transfer into your home practice .
This first letter asks you to assess and reflect on the present as well as plan for the future .  When starting  students myself , I see the Vivaldi concerto student in the pre-twinkler standing on their foot chart before me, which generates a long term vision and commitment in presenting ever step of teaching and learning in a meaningful way. 
This journey of thousands of bow strokes, hundreds of review repetitions, private lessons, group classes , recitals , summer suzuki institutes is a choice we all have made for our children . I’ve travelled it with my three children . 
I look forward to traveling with you every month, and hope to offer some insight that gives you renewed energy as a practice parent .  
With a twinkling spirit ,
Please print and fill out these handouts at your leisure, and for your eyes only.  We will revisit them next June. I received them as a book 6 teacher trainee, while pregnant with my youngest 28 years ago , from a very wise teacher: Alice Joy Lewis.  They offer you a chance to honestly reflect on a variety of important questions to keep your musical journey moving forward.