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FIVE STEPS TO DEVELOPING A LISTENING PROGRAM

FIRST WEEK:

The CD players need not be expensive but must have the capability of repeating a track over and over again.
Ideally they should be placed in four locations: the car, the kitchen, the child's bedroom, and in the family room or den where the child's spends much time.
Since the Suzuki method is known as the mother-tongue approach, we need to find ways to immerse the child in the sounds of the pieces just as the child is immersed in his language.
If we all lived in small houses, and there was one room that served as the place where the family congregated much of the day, we could probably manage with one or two CD players.
However, today many people live in houses that are more expansive and everyone has their own space, so that making it possible for a child to be immersed in sound requires extra planning and equipment.

SECOND WEEK:
Parents need to make four signs that ask, Is the Suzuki CD playing? One needs to be placed on the refrigerator, one on the child's bedroom door, one in the main hallway of the house, and one in the car. The first listening assignment is to play the Twinkles for one hour a day and the entire Volume 1 CD for one hour per day.

THIRD WEEK:
The parent should play the CD four hours a day, dividing equally between the Twinkles Only and the entire Volume 1 CD. The CD should play when the child wakes in the morning, during breakfast or lunch, when coming in from school or play, during the day when the child is at home, during bath and bedtime preparation and during reading and study time. Allow the music to play until the child falls asleep and then continue playing during the night. At all times the music should be very quiet and unobtrusive. If the music is sufficiently quiet, adults will soon not be very aware of it. Children's more open and less cluttered minds will absorb the sounds. The pieces will become part of an internal recording that will enable them to play the pieces by ear.

FOURTH WEEK:
The CD recordings should be played five hours a day.

FIFTH WEEK: The CD recordings should be played six hours a day. By this time the parents are beginning to understand the process of mother-tongue learning as they find themselves humming the tunes that they are hearing over and over. One father reported that he was embarrassed when he realized that he was humming Twinkle Twinkle Little Star at his office. That is the mother-tongue approach at work. The child will not have to listen for six hours per day to every piece that they will ever learn. We are now in the stage of developing the ability to take a piece from a recording to an internal tape to our fingers to the instrument and this demands considerable repetition. Once the child has developed the ability to play by ear, he will be able to play the pieces by ear with less listening repetitions. Usually by the time a student is more advanced, they are listening to their pieces about two hours per day and by using ear and reading skills they are memorizing and retaining long complex pieces at an amazing rate.


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