Private Lessons at DUSS, our Philosophy

The Importance of the Student-Teacher-Parent Relationship

We believe that the more interested the parent, the better the learning is for the child. DUSS encourages a learning model that fosters a three-way relationship between the child, the teacher and the parentThe benefit of this model can be seen in the success of programs such as the Suzuki violin system and the Indiana University String Academy.

- Parents participate in lessons by observing and taking notes in so they can guide practice at home for young and beginner students (generally age 5-9).

- The parent is the ‘home teacher’ who helps their child develop new skills, provides positive feedback and guides the practice sessions.

- As the student gains experience and maturity, the student gradually becomes their own home teacher (starting around age 10/11).


The Importance of a Non-Judgemental Learning Atmosphere

- Mistakes are just information. Mistakes are an important part of the learning process. They are not positive or negative, but neutral. Mistakes help us learn what works and what does not. If we can approach learning music (and everything in life!) with this non-judgmental approach, we can accomplish so much.


Suggested reading:

Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education Shinichi Suzuki

Helping Parents Practice: Ideas for making it easier Edmund Sprunger

Punished by Rewards Alfie Kohn