Itzhak Perlman At 70

from NPR:

“A lot of people ask me, ‘What is your goal now that you have done everything?’ And I always say that my goal is to not be bored by what I do,” Perlman says. “The only way that I cannot be bored by what I do

is if I play something and it’s all new to me.”

still the greatest gift

Music Lessons Were the Best Thing Your Parents Ever Did for You, According to Science

Psychological studies continue to uncover more and more benefits that music lessons provide to developing minds. One incredibly comprehensive longitudinal study, produced by the German Socio-Economic Panel in 2013, stated the power of music lessons as plain as could be: “Music improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills more than twice as much

as sports, theater or

dance.” The study found that kids who take music lessons “have better cognitive skills and school grades and are more conscientious, open and ambitious.” And that’s just the beginning.

Listen like a maniac

This was another topic from a past workshop.  Michelle Horner came up with the idea of creating “Super CDs” that had working pieces on it multiple times in a row.  She has a video presentation on the SAA website, but those videos now require a $50 annual membership to view.


Suzuki Guitar Teacher and Suzuki Violin Mother, Michelle Horner, described in a video for the recent online Parents as Partners seminar on the SAA website, the system for listening that she and her daughter have come to use in their home. Both parent and child had been frustrated by what they viewed as relatively slow progress, despite practicing and listening every day as they were supposed to do. So they decided to begin listening like maniacs. This meant:

  • Listening to the current working piece 10 times in a row
  • Listening to the next piece 10 times in a row
  • Listening to the piece after that 10 times in a row

They saw almost immediate improvement in the rate of progress, and in the overall level of playing. Horner explains that they have continued to

listen like maniacs over the years, and that she encourages her guitar families to do the same, with great success.

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