Category Archives: Lucy

Teachers are like doctors…?

Recently our puppydog Lucy was very sick. I was reading about her condition on the web and the articles kept saying “Patient presents with…” and then her symptoms.

Well I also belong to Suzuki Chat and a recent message went something like this:

“While boys and girls may present differently to teachers, I do
> not agree that the Suzuki method is less suitable for little boys…”

The word that intrests me is “present”. Like a specimen. It seem accurate, but somehow very clinical. Not at all personal.

My students do not “present”. They appear for a lesson and we work together discovering what will be good for them.

It’s an interesting word but it just … I don’t know

What do you think?

I also want to say that I really enjoy Suzuki Chat!!!



Filed under Lucy, music, students, Suzuki Method, Teaching, violin


I have Schradiek on the brain this morning. It won’t stop. Schradiek is a repetitive form of left hand Pilates that two of my students are doing (Thursdays and Fridays). It’s great for forming the frame of the hand and controlling fast notes. Also intonation. Maybe I should ask my Monday star student to do it too.

tree I’ve just taken Lucy for a walk. We saw this gorgeous tree. She’s having a hard time today, whining and complaining because Bear isn’t home. She was sitting in her chair earlier, but now she’s hiding under the computer desk. This is just what she does when she feels unsafe. She’s been like this ever since we lost Victor. She has severe separation anxiety. I once took her to the Vet because it was so bad. She shakes and whines. It’s horrible. I try to spoil her a bit when she gets this way. I take her for walks and rides and give her treats. Has anyone else had this kind of experience with a dog? What did you do?


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