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Seeing The World Through Your Students’ Eyes

Seeing the World Through Your Students’ Eyes

This video essay helps teachers improve the power and effectiveness of their communication in lesson by learning how to see the world through their students' eyes, and how to notice invisible assumptions that are holding back their effectiveness.
A Tough Nut To Crack

A Tough Nut to Crack

She could still extend and re-curve her pinky on a pencil. But she had lost her ability to flex her bow hand while actually playing.

Where was the disconnect? An unexpected discovery about knuckles.
What We Really Teach

What We Really Teach

A child's memory. Each of us have our own, bringing vivid emotions, rich images, pungent smells ... fragments of a past that recedes away from us with each year of grown-up responsibilities and challenges.
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Suzuki was like a chore, my parents would have to force me to practice, they would be like, “Come on, practice, practice,” and I would make excuses and cry. It was all note-perfect stuff, and I didn’t even learn to read music.

When I started on Kaleidoscopes I enjoyed violin more and it wasn’t such a chore to practice anymore. What made the difference was playing music that I actually liked, and working on interpretation, and reading the music and learning different techniques. The songs are alot more fun. They paint pictures in your head. Versus Suzuki Minuet, I just kind of hated it, and like Gavotte, I just hated it. Kaleidoscopes, I don’t know, the songs clicked with me, I guess. I just really like this book and this method.

I think this book helped widen my range of technical and interpretation capabilities of the music. When I compare my experience with my friends who stayed with Suzuki, I’m definitely way more advanced than they are. I have friends that are like, Suzuki Book 4, Suzuki Book 6, and their techniques are definitely not as advanced as mine, and I know for a fact that we practice the same amount.

Everything really changed for me when I was 10 years old and I came to Kaleidoscopes. It really changed the way I feel about the instrument. I love it violin now, so much.

Isabella DeMoss, 13

Currently playing Mozart Concerto #4, Allegro

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What I love about Kaleidoscopes is that a lot of focus was put on the language and mind of young students. I like how the pre-Twinkle exercises help get the students used to the ‘awkward’ positions of the violin, like the arm twisting, elbows in-ward, and the index finger square.

Suzuki is always a go-to when it comes to early violin playing, but the Pre-Twinkle exercises make Kaleidoscopes the new go-to!
– James Zabawa
Teacher, former student of Sally O’Reilly
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