Observation Period before the lessons start
Parent and child need to attend and observe lessons and group lessons of my other students for one term. That gives the child as well as the parent the opportunity to observe and learn how the Suzuki method works.
Without this observation period, it usually takes the child and the parent a whole term to work out how the system works and understand what is going on. Also, the parent needs time to understand by watching the lessons of progressed students what is involved and what his / her task will be in the future.
The observation period helps the teacher to find out whether the student/parent is ready for learning the cello with everything it entails.
Before embarking on a journey with the Suzuki method, the parent needs to read the books 'Nurtured By Love' and 'Ability Development From Age of Zero' by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. This will give a good insight into the teaching with the Suzuki method.
Once the decision is taken to start with the cello lessons, the parent has to know that he/she is fully involved in this process. The parent is expected to be present at every lesson and to take notes about what is being worked on during the cello lesson.
Once at home, the parent is the "home teacher", who practices with the child. Children of a very young age are not able to practice efficiently on their own.
During the lesson, the parent will also get a chance to try things out on a full-sized cello in order to be able to understand what the child is experiencing.