Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Big Ear Contest

I recently got an e-mail from someone frustrated that her students didn't understand the importance of listening.  Of all the many discoveries that Dr. Suzuki made about young children learning to play an instrument LISTENING is one of the big ones.  I recently found this blog with a great little article on listening.  I've seen the benefits first hand with myself and my own children.  How can a child learn well WITHOUT listening?

So....here was my reply.

I've always wanted to do this, but haven't - lack of time, I guess (isn't that always the excuse these days!)  Anyway, I was thinking of having a "Big Ear" contest.  I have a chart on my website for this.  A student would mark an ear for every hour they listened.  There could be some sort of time requirement (1 month - or something like that) and everyone who finished the chart in that period of time would be the winners.  You could have some sort of award for the winners.  One award I've thought of for some of my students who accomplish big tasks are the earbuds I have on my site.  They are cute and perhaps it's not something they have.  It would encourage more listening.  Here is the link to the page with the Big Ear chart.  

Hope this helps!


Stacy said...

Every year before the group recital, I have a listening "contest." For every time they listen to a Suzuki CD straight through, they get a ticket with their name on it in the drawing. It doesn't have to be the book level they are working on, any Suzuki cd counts. The contest goes for a month or more. Then, at the group recital, there are two prizes: one for the person with the most tickets, and one for the person whose ticket is drawn. It creates a lot of excitement, and better, a lot of listening!

city said...

thanks for sharing.