Santa Barbara Violin Tips

Good Listening Habits Facilitate Violin Practice

By Valerie Malvinni on Aug 05, 2015 at 10:57 AM in Santa Barbara Violin Tips

How can I get my child to practice? Will my child ever love to practice?

I get asked these questions by parents all the time. The answer? Listening. The easiest, most direct way to motivate a childís desire to practice is by daily and consistent listening.

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Review, Music Making, and Confidence Building

Review, Music Making, and Confidence Building
By Valerie Malvinni on Nov 23, 2013 at 09:08 PM in Santa Barbara Violin Tips

Often parents and students think that reviewing previous songs is pointless, and that it hinders progress. This is a common misconception, and the reverse is true. Review helps both to polish technique and to improve musicality.

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On the Suzuki Triangle

By Valerie Malvinni on Aug 28, 2013 at 09:25 AM in Santa Barbara Violin Tips

The Suzuki Triangle is made up of three people: the student, the parent, and the teacher. All three are crucial for the student to be successful. The Triangle does not priviledge any one member, and avoids hierarchy, instead, it fosters openness in communication between every person in the triangle. In other words, all three are equally important in deciding what is right for the studentís learning process at home. For example, if the student only had a working relationship with the teacher at lessons, the home practice might suffer if the student does not fully grasp what the teacher wants him or her to do. In this situation the parent is needed to fill in any gaps in the studentís understanding of the teacherís assignments.

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List of easy things to improve your violin playing

By Valerie Malvinni on Aug 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM in Santa Barbara Violin Tips

This is a short list of some fun and easy things you can do to make an improvement in your playing. Concludes with a video of Perlman playing for you to analyze.

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