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Practice Sheets for Suzuki Teachers


I have designed many practice sheets over the years. As a Suzuki teacher of nearly 20 years I have learned how valuable organized practice sheets can be to parents and students as well as a great way for me to be sure I cover all points as assigned from previous weeks lessons.

The first set of sheets were designed to accommodate what I call the Repetition Challenge. Students earn "Suzuki Bucks" for completing ALL tasks on the practice sheet.
Below is an explanation of how this works. You may make your own "Suzuki Bucks" for students to earn and award prizes at your annual recital.
If you want suggestions as to how I made my "Suzuki Bucks" Email me and I will be happy to share how I made them.
Nothing frustrates me more as a teacher then finding that the student and/or parent hasn't followed my instructions for practice for the week. For this reason I started trying to make the practice sheets more fun in order to attract the students attention to it. I have in the past put pictures of the student on the sheet, made different themes according to holidays and seasons or just funny little pictures.
I have noticed the students paying a lot more attention to directions since I started this. I have hundreds of different layouts and themes which I will make available to all who are interested.
I can place your picture (the kids tell me it's like having me there with them in practice) on the practice sheet or group photos etc.. You can send pictures via email as attached files (contact me for file format) or you may send them through regular mail and I can scan them in.
I have found that the extra few minutes I spend doing these has made all the difference in communication of effective practice for my students. These Fun and organized practice sheets have become a powerful teaching tool for me.
My students each keep a three ringed binder to place and keep all practice sheets in. This has become very helpful for me as a teacher also in that I instantly know what was assigned the week before. As a busy teacher with a large student load this can be a great time saver at lesson.
Feel free to make requests as to layouts and special features via email to me. I will be happy to customize your order.

Ordering Instructions

  • Review all content on this page. Example's and explanations are provided for each level and task number. Please scroll down this page to review these examples. Instructions below are provided as a means of insuring your practice sheets are exactly what your studio needs to motivate and organize your students in their daily practice! 

  • Decide what SIZE practice sheet packet you would like. Customized order's may have up to TWO layouts per packet.

  • Decide which LEVEL you will need for each packet. Levels are determined by: What song the student is studying and how many tasks instructor would like included on each sheet. REFER TO EXAMPLES BELOW

  • Decide which LAYOUT you like best. Layouts are determined by what you would like included on your sheets: Pictures of technical examples - bow hold, posture, left hand etc... Review boxes, task check off lists or boxes - tasks include: Review, scales, drills, listening, playing with recording... etc... REFER TO EXAMPLES BELOW

  •  If you wish to have a SAMPLE packet please note that these are  unusable practice sheets. SAMPLE is stamped across the front of each sheet. Cost for sample packet is $25 and includes unusable samples of all levels and layouts. Sharing idea's is one thing but photo copying them is against the law.

  • Go to Order Info Page to print up order form and view options. Fill out order form and send with payment to: Denice Carter 2660 Poze Blvd. Thornton, CO. 80229

  • You may email Denice with any questions you may have after reading all instructions above.

  • Please allow 2 - 4 weeks for delivery.

  • 3 Month size/12 sheets - $10.00
  • 6 Month size/24 sheets - $15.00
  • 12 Month Bonus Size/56 sheets - $25.00
  • SAMPLE packets - $25.00

 

an idea for motivated Practice......

The Suzuki Buck Challenge

The first set of sheets were designed to accommodate what I call the Repetition Challenge. Students earn "Suzuki Bucks" for completing ALL tasks on the practice sheet. Below is an explanation of how this works. You may make your own "Suzuki Bucks" for students to earn and award prizes at your annual recital.
If you want suggestions as to how I made my "Suzuki Bucks" Email me and I will be happy to share how I made them.

How it works: Each student will be assigned a "Repetition Quota" each week. These will be set for the week, at lesson, and written on the practice sheet. Listening helps us to keep an "internal recording" of our review so quota's will also be set for listening to our Suzuki recordings. If a student misses a lesson they are to fulfill their quota from the previous week. For each week fulfilled the student will receive a "Suzuki Buck". Extra Bonus Bucks can be earned for extra listening to the Suzuki recording. Extra listening credits count after quota points are fulfilled. Students may earn 1 Suzuki Buck for each extra hour of listening in addition to the quota set for that week. Extra Bucks cannot be earned unless quota is met for that week. Students will turn in their bucks at spring recital for rewards. Practice must be documented on the students practice sheet to receive credit. Documentation must be completed before arriving at lesson." Honesty is the best policy" as I will be checking student progress. Documentation must match student progress. I reserve the right to reject claims that don't match progress.

Why We do it: Repetition and review are the basic building blocks for the Suzuki student. To often we get caught up in the quest for passing our songs and learning new ones. This routine will hinder our ability to become better violinists. Real growth comes from review not learning new pieces. Listening will make the review process go smoothly and this is why a quota for listening is included. I have found that prescribing a certain amount of time to practice has sometimes resulted in ineffective practice. I have also found that to often students do not follow my recommendations and this hinders their progress and subsequent desire to play well. I wanted to find a way to help students learn to practice more effectively and I hope this helps.



PARENTS: I ask that parent's please keep me posted as to how this affects their child's practice. Suggestions are always welcome as I am constantly searching for new and better ways to help my students achieve their goals. I have found that the most confident players are those who have learned what to practice, and how much to practice. These students are more motivated to play because they have achieved a level of mastery that is comforting. Have fun with this and keep it positive! I am looking forward to hearing the progress ascertained from this project!

 
ALL images on this page are Copy Righted

Practice sheets are high quality!  These picture samples do not do them justice. Due to web pirating I am only able to provide small sample versions.

 

Option 12 - Combo Packet

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Each booklet is plastic bound of good quality print and paper. Pages are 3 hole punched to accommodate placement in three ring binder.

ORDER: 5 tasks rep challenge
 
OPTION 11
 
Advanced students enjoy this simplistic layout. Includes a task box for theory, scales and tonalization. Use a Gel pen here and you will be a hit!
Technical pictures at bottom and plenty of space for teacher comments and instructions.

6 tasks

You may order:                                                                                                                                 3 months supply - 12 sheets 
6 months - 24 sheets
1 year - 56 sheets

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Order: 4 Task Rep Challenge
OPTION 10
Advanced students enjoy this simplistic layout. Includes a task box for theory, scales and tonalization. Use a Gel pen here and you will be a hit!
Technical pictures at bottom and plenty of space for teacher comments and instructions.

This practice sheet includes 5 tasks. 
you may order:
3 month - 12 sheets
6 month - 24 sheets
1 year - 56 sheets

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Order: 4 Task Rep Challenge 
 
 
OPTION 9
 Similar to previous option. This practice sheet includes 4 tasks .
you may order:
3 month - 12 sheets
6 month - 24 sheets
1 year - 56 sheets

be sure to indicate theme preferences- holiday, girl/boy, season, color's etc....

 

ORDER: 4 tasks Book 1
 
 
OPTION 8
Book 3 sheets are similar to Book 2 - 4 tasks.
You may choose either layout. Includes book 3 review list, pictures for technique with "special instruction space" for teacher comments.
All booklets may be ordered in
3 month, 6 or 12 month sizes.
Booklets may include all the same layouts or a combination of a variety of layouts.

                                 


Gel pens are a hit with kids!                                                                           Use them on practice sheets with darker backgrounds,  the kids think it is really cool!
ORDER: 4 tasks Book 2

 

OPTION 7

4 tasks for Book 2 includes a review list of book 2 pieces but may include (book 1 pieces also by request). Gel pens are great for writing students name in the blue "swatch" at the top of the page. Make your students really feel special by having them customized with your students names! Left hand and bow hold picture reminders placed at top (your pictures may be placed her) Beginner or professional bow hold pictures by request.

be sure to indicate theme preferences- holiday, girl/boy, season, color's etc....you think of it.. I will design it!

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ORDER: 4 tasks Book 3
OPTION 6
Book 2 sheets  similar to Option 7 without pictures or technique box. 
You may choose either layout. Includes book 2 review list and task check-off box.

be sure to indicate theme preferences- holiday, girl/boy, season, color's etc....

    

 

ORDER: 6 tasks Advanced
 
OPTION 5
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This Practice sheet is designed for the Book 1 student able to handle 4 tasks.
As with all practice sheets this may be customized to suit your needs. Up top is a listening box for students to check off daily listening and at the bottom are photo's of my children showing their best BOW HOLD,BOW ELBOW ,LEFT HAND,BOWING,BOWHOLD,POSTURE and a space for OTHER THINGS. You may have your own pictures placed here also.
I have found these to be very helpful when I draw an arrow pointing to a picture so they will remember to think about a certain technical point.
All booklets may be ordered in
3 month, 6 or 12 month sizes.
Booklets may include all the same layouts or a combination of a variety of layouts.

be sure to indicate theme preferences- holiday, girl/boy, season, color's, gel pen, etc....

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ORDER:2 tasks Book1

 

OPTION 4

I use this sheet for the beginner after they have completed Song Of The Wind.
Only 2 tasks here but plenty of places to mark technical concerns and give precise instructions to parents. Boxed in lists of "things to do" call attention to priority. 

Check boxes save time and help the teacher quickly discern what was assigned. Also included is a Review list with boxes to check off and a weekly tally of tasks and days practiced for the parent or student to check off.

All practice sheets would make  a great recital gift and may be personalized with students name, picture or specific theme or color scheme.

 

 

 

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This section contains practice sheets for pre-twinkles, twinkles and beginners through Song of the Wind.
New Suzuki parents appreciate the clear concise instructions available on these practice sheets.
All teachers use different terminology to explain variation rhythms but we know how helpful these "words for rhythms" can be.
You may send me your words and I will customize the sheet to fit your needs.
This is a great way to get new students in the habit of daily repetitions and following your instructions to the T.
Below are examples of what I use to get the message across!
ORDER: Song of the Wind
 
OPTION 3
As with the Lightly Row Sheet all variations, theme and Lightly Row are placed as Review tasks. 

Pictures  to symbolize tasks, help non-reader's  check what needs to be practiced.

Space is provided for instructor to number tasks and describe what should be the focus for each task.

Below are words and fingerings for Song Of The Wind (recommended for parent use only).
These sheets are a great way for parents and students to start off on the right foot with organized daily practice.

 

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ORDER: Lightly Row
OPTION 2
This sheet covers all Review of the twinkle variations to keep your students on track. Pictures remind non-readers of what to do.
For pre-Lightly Row studies, words are furnished but may be modified. Once the student has started Lightly Row it is easy to work in small phrases as each section is boxed off for tasking. Fingerings are provided for parents and teaching points are stated. Plenty of room for teachers instructions and parent notes.

These sheets are VERY helpful for teacher and parent!

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ORDER: PRE TWINKLE/Twinkle
Pre-Twinkle/ Twinkle sheet is a must for all beginner students!

Rhythm names are listed... tasks for pre-twinkle include : Clapping Rhythms, A&E song, Monkey Song, Up the scale, Down the Scale,

 each section of the "sandwich" and the "whole sandwich".

Up to Tempo - Tempo To Pass.

Beginner teacher's will find these very informative... beginner parents will find them invaluable!

Every  tiny step is spelled out and organized....

 
OPTION 1

 

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If you like a layout but not the option..... let me know!

 I can easily convert to any layout, 

at any level and any number of tasks!

Be sure to indicate if you would like review lists or scale's tasks..

 

 

Practice Sheet Booklet Prices
  • 3 Month size - $10.00
  • 6 Month size - $15.00
  • 12 Month Bonus Size - $25.00

All prices INCLUDE shipping and Handling

 


 

 

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