Category: Articles for Parents (English & Spanish)
McCall, Carolyn: Music and Movement
“Music and Movement” classes of many types provide opportunities for parents and young children to start on a path toward successful instrumental study. The process reminds me of the adage, “In order to have wings, we first must have roots.”
“Music and Movement” classes are all about roots. Singing, movement, pitch awareness, and concentration and coordination exercises help prepare class participants for instrument-specific lessons. Some children absorb these skills from existing musical environments; other families need guidance to begin creating those fruitful environments. All benefit from a head start on these skills before instrument-specific lessons begin.
Carolyn McCall was a Suzuki violin student in John Kendall’s program at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) beginning in 1966. She earned music degrees from the University of Illinois and SIUE, where she did her Suzuki teacher training with Kendall. She was a Suzuki parent to her children and lived and taught violin, viola, and music & movement in Austria, Wisconsin, and Illinois. She published many articles and the book “Group Lessons for Suzuki Violin and Viola” and was an internationally active Suzuki clinician and conference organizer until 2011. She now works as Director of Connections and Care at a large United Methodist church.
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