Reading List

Nurtured By Love

Shinichi Suzuki

Every child can learn if provided a nurturing, supportive environment that encourages a love of learning, discipline, and character above all else. To learn to play the violin, provide your child with an atmosphere surrounded by music. Encourage learning and practicing to be fun. And practice everyday that you eat. 10,000 times builds skill and ability;10,000 creative times. Work steadily to encourage the children of the world to be happy and good citizens along the path of learning to play the violin.

The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown. Here’s how. 

Daniel Coyle

Talent is grown when the practice is deep. Aim for the “sweet spot:” where the practice includes struggle, challenge, a slow pace with lots of stops and starts, where the “practicer” is thinking, working, figuring out how to improve what they are working on. Lots of playing through mindlessly doesn’t really contribute to progress.

Deep practice rules: Chunk it down/slow down, repeat it, feel it.

The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills

Daniel Coyle

Short tips on practicing, repetition, and building skills. I highly recommend you read a tip with your child before practicing or listen to the Audiobook in the car!

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Carol Dweck

There are two mindsets: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. The growth mindset loves challenge, mistakes and figuring things out while the fixed mindset sticks with what they know and already can easily do.

*To encourage a growth mindset in your child, praise for effort.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Daniel Pink

Intrinsic motivation comes from autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

Outliers: The Story of Success

Malcolm Gladwell

Success in any field can be attributed to a great deal of time spent in your specialty (10,000 hours by age 20 to be for the greatest success). Many different factors contribute to individuals spending 10,000 hours of time in one particular discipline which in turn enables them to rise to the top of their field.

Practicing: A Self-Liturgy of Learning

Lon Sherer

Balance hard and easy practicing, like an athlete. Vary what you work on to keep the mind engaged, learning, and flexible.

Helping Parents Practice

Ed Sprunger

Written by a Suzuki teacher to help Suzuki parents through the challenges of practicing.

The Power of Habit: Why We do What we Do in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg

Find the keystone habit that will affect the whole instead of trying to change lots of habits at once.

Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg

How choice affects internal motivation and ownership.

The Happiness Advantage

Shawn Achor

Keep interactions at a ratio of 3:1 (or even better 6:1) positive to negative. Set the tone with a positive environment for happy practicing!

Born to Run

Christopher McDougall

“Think Easy, Light, Smooth, and Fast. You start with easy, because if that’s all you get, that’s not so bad. Then work on light. Make it effortless….When you’ve practiced that so long that you forget you’re practicing, you work on making it smoooooooth. You won’t have to worry about the last one–you get those three, and you’ll be fast.” pg. 111

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