Parent Role

Parent Role

What is the parent role in the Suzuki teaching triangle? “In traditional teaching, or in the average school situation, the parent is a shadowy figure who does not really become involved in the actual teaching situation. In the Suzuki approach, the success of the...
Suzuki Philosophy

Suzuki Philosophy

What was Dr Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy on learning to play an instrument? This method of teaching originated in Japan in the mid-20th century with a self-taught violinist, Dr Shinichi Suzuki.  He was an observant and thoughtful man who applied his reasoning...

Cash found! Bayside

He’d only just sat down, carefully leaning his portfolios against the end of the bench. Dressed in Melbourne blacks, I could tell he was an artist of some kind. “Do you think that’s a joke?” he said getting up and walking forward a couple of...

Incubating a writer

Yesterday, I had this small chink of a realisation. The life of sitting in my garret, feeling like I’m not doing anything, getting anywhere or achieving anything is THE WRITER’s LIFE. The writer’s life is lonely, unforgiving, tedious, boring,...

Tara the Liberator

I’ve always avoided White Night.  It seems like the perfect storm to me. Bright lights, hundreds of thousands of people, packed public transport.  It’s all too much for this sensitive soul. However this year was different. I was meeting a friend visiting...