Diane Briscoe grew up in northern Ontario. For several years, she studied piano and accompanied ballet classes at the Conservatoire Régional de Lorient, France. Upon returning to Canada she completed an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) and a Master of Music at the University of Ottawa, Ontario. She is a faculty member of the Suzu...ki Piano Association of Ottawa/Gatineau in Canada. More

Parents attending lessons: rewards and challenges

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Why would teachers want to encourage parents to attend lessons? Although some teachers—Suzuki, Yamaha, or preschool, for example—routinely invite parents, not all music teachers find that children or their guardians benefit from a shared experience. The following is an overview of some of the rewards and challenges of parental attendance at lessons...
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Welcoming young children into your studio

Welcoming young children into your studio
Interested in widening your student base to include young children? Recent research points to enhanced brain development, increased musical potential, and even a higher occurrence of absolute pitch in students who begin lessons at an early age. In his essay "The Musical Brain," researcher Donald A. Hodges writes that "musical training changes the b...
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