When you enroll your child in the Behrens Guitar Studio Suzuki Guitar Program, you are doing more than signing your kid up for any of the myriad activities to drive around to. You are choosing to embrace a philosophy predicated on the idea that, to quote Suzuki, “where love is deep, much can be accomplished.” You are entering into a partnership between you and me, to work not only on the musical child, but the whole child.
For this venture to be successful, you and I need to be on the same page philosophically.
In Parent Education, you and I work together for 1 and 1/2 hours each week for 8 weeks. During this time, you will learn about the Suzuki method, how to be an effective “Home Coach”, and how to practice with your child. You will be expected to get a guitar for yourself. By the end of 8 weeks, you will need to be able to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and its variations proficiently. You will also learn how to restring a guitar, how to tune a guitar and overall, how to get the most out of your child’s lessons. Remember, this is an investment in your child’s education. Parent Education is an insurance policy against failure, designed to help protect your investment.
While this approach does not get me a lot of students quickly, it has created a situation in my studio where I do not have nearly the amount of turnover that guitar teachers in the music stores have. I refuse to be a party to any arrangement that is not in the child’s best interest.
During the time that you are in parent ed, you will be expected to observe more lessons with your child. I want you to see not only the good ones, but the not so good ones as well, so that you have a realistic idea of what to expect. If your child takes time to warm up to strangers, this is a perfect way to break the ice gradually. When the child observes lessons, he/she develops an expectation of how lessons will go when they start. This removes the initial anxiety.