I am indebted to Edmund Sprunger for his wonderful book Building Violin Skills, on which this course is based.
 
 
 Studio Orientation syllabus   (sample)                                              2015
Week
 
 
Beginning families only: Who attends individual lesson? Beginning families only: Skills learned in individual lesson Beginning and transfer families: 
Agenda for Saturday group meeting
 
1
 
Parent only -foot positions
-taking a bow
-our first rhythm (taka taka stop stop):

 
-Welcome and introductions
-Overview of materials and policies
-Goals for Studio Orientation
-Nurtured by Love video excerpt
-Instrument care, part I
-Has everyone purchased repertoire books?
-Making a home listening plan
 
2
 
Parent only -making a bow hand
-bow exercises to develop bow control
 
-Who was Shinichi Suzuki and what is the Suzuki Method?
-Discuss NBL video, Ability Development from Age Zero, and Building Violin Skills readings.
-Instrument care, part II
 
3
 
Parent only -make a bow hand on another adult
-learn to land “box violin” on your shoulder and on another adult
-Typical Concerns of Beginning Parents
-Where to practice?
-The power of passive listening
-Musical terminology
-The deceptively important right hand
4
 
Parent only -left hand finger exercises
-bow in the “whisper tube”
-learn to land real violin on self and another adult
-“Engineering a Blueprint for Success” part one: The role of the parent at the lesson
-What are the benefits of group lesson for student? parent? teacher?
-tuning your instrument
 
5
 
Child attends parent’s lesson; bring book or quiet toy for child.
 
-practice landing bow hairs on string
-play “tone builders” on E string
-learn left hand position, pluck E string
-“Engineering a Blueprint for Success,” part two: other parent responsibilities
-intro to music notation and Music Mind Games
6 Child attends parent’s lesson; bring book or quiet toy for child. -practice rolling bow from E string to A string, A to E
-play “tone builders” on A string
-left hand finger exercises on the string
-learn how to shift the left hand up and down the neck of violin
-play open string songs
“The Building Blocks of a Positive Approach”
-monitoring the emotional vital signs
-being concrete
-avoiding the word “focus”
-defining cooperation in a child-friendly way
-giving lots of honest, genuine choices
-being upfront about demands and giving clear limits
-acknowledging feelings
-“The Million Dollar Lesson” (Kreitman)
-contributions of the O’Connor Method
7 Child attends parent’s lesson; bring book or quiet toy for child. -left hand finger exercises for accurate placement
-play “Monkey Song” on E and A strings
Future lessons: A major scale (ascending and descending with independent fingers), Boil ‘dem Cabbage, (three rhythm variations), Twinkles (five rhythm variations)
 
“The Building Blocks of a Positive Approach,” cont.
-working toward independence and ownership
-understanding and addressing conflict instead of ignoring it
-looking for ways to have fun
-understanding the negative aspects of rewards
-preparing for your first lesson with your child
-lesson etiquette
-Priority Teaching (Kreitman)
-The One-point lesson
Begin normal lesson schedule
Student gets first portion of lesson, parent gets second.  The length of the student’s portion increases over time while the parent’s decreases until eventually the student is ready/willing/able to cooperate and focus for the whole 30-minute lesson.  Parent should continue bringing their violin until student consistently uses whole 30 minutes.
Please note that the students’ first lesson will not involve the instrument.  Wait to rent student instrument until teacher advises.
Parents should come prepared to your lessons with your binder for note-taking, pencil, repertoire books, foot chart, and any other supplies in your tote bag. 
Student attends group lesson with other students.  Parents attend as observers.
Once every three months, parents and teacher gather without students for continuing education and support.