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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