Bird, Paula: How to Teach a Suzuki Group Class

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Bird, Paula: How to Teach a Suzuki Group Class

This article looks at the basic parts of a group class.

When someone asks me how to teach a Suzuki group class, my short answer is to spend a lot of time working out the perfect lesson plan, then throw it in the trash can within the first five minutes of class.

I have spent a great deal of time developing lesson plans and group class themes over the years. Unfortunately, I seldom had opportunities to teach some of them, although I have taught bits and pieces. The mental exercise that lies behind lesson plan generation helps me to focus my ideas, and it builds up my arsenal of activities and possibilities.

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Paula E. Bird is Teach Suzuki Author & Podcaster, member of the Artisan Quartet, Texas State University faculty, the Austin Symphony, and owner of the Wildflower Suzuki Studio. She lives in Central Texas.

© International Music Teachers Exchange published with the kind permission of Paula E. Bird,  http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.it

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