Mengasuh dengan Cinta

Dunia pendidikan di indonesia hari ini sarat dengan suasana kompetisi, persaingan antar sekolah dan orang tua, ketakutan orang tua anaknya nanti tidak bisa bertahan di era globalisasi dan berbagai macam latar belakang lainnya membuat anak dihujani dengan berbagai macam ulangan dan pendidikan yang menitikberatkan pada pengetahuan, hasil di atas proses.

 

Bagaimana di dunia pendidikan musik?Saya sempat bertanya pada diri saya sendiri, haruskah saya membawa suasana demikian di dalam dunia mengajar saya?Rasanya letih sekali kalau harus demikian. Di saat seperti itu, kalimat “Nurtured by Love” ini bisa menjadi panduan bagi kita.Kata “nurtured” ini dalam bahasa indonesianya berarti mengasuh. Dalam 1 kata ini tercakup banyak sekali hal detail. Bayangkan bagaimana seorang ibu membesarkan bayi yang baru lahir. Bayi yang baru lahir minum susunya belum bisa langsung banyak, jadi mereka akan terbangun tiap 2-3 jam sekali. Makanya tidak heran orang yang mengasuh bayi baru lahir punya kantong mata hitam.

Selanjutnya, di awal bukunya yang berjudul “ Nurtured by Love”, Dr. Shinichi mengisahkan bagaimana seekor burung parkit kecil bisa berbicara “ Saya Peeko Miyazawa.” Di awal, nama Peeko diulang di depan burung tersebut sekitar 50 kali per harinya. Begitu terus sampai sekitar 2 bulan, jadi kira-kira 3000x kata tersebut diulang di depan burung parkit itu.  Akhirnya burung itupun bisa mengucapkan “ Peeko”. Setelah itu kata “Miyazawa” ditambahkan. Namun kali ini cukup sekitar diulang 200x burung itu sudah bisa mengucapkan kata kedua. Ini sama persis dengan manusia, apapun yang kita pelajari pada awalnya lambat sampai tercapailah kondisi “berseminya sebuah kemampuan.”

Dari sini ada kesimpulan yang bisa kita ambil, perlu yang namanya kesabaran dan pengulangan baru kita bisa melihat hasil. Karena itu perlu kerja sama yang baik antara guru dan orang tua. Karena pengulangan ini perlu dilakukan tiap hari padahal guru bertemu murid umumnya 1 minggu hanya 1x atau 2x saja.

Selanjutnya, dalam proses membawa anak mengulang apa yang diajarkan perlu yang namanya rasa cinta dan respek. Kita perlu menempatkan diri di pihak anak. Apa yang menjadi kesulitannya, apakah saya senang kalau guru saya memakai “nada tinggi” atau “marah-marah” sepanjang waktu belajar?

Pada akhirnya, saya ingin memberikan sebuah ilustrasi yang saya dapat dari seorang praktisi pendidikan anak usia dini. Kalau kita punya bunga di kebun yang layu, apakah yang akan kita lakukan? Apakah kita akan memarahi bunga tersebut? “Ayo dong, tumbuh dong, tumbuh aja kok ngga bisa?”atau kita akan mengamati, kenapa bunganya layu, kurang air kah? Kurang sinar matahari atau kebanyakan matahari kah? Perlu pupuk kah? Yang mana yang mau kita lakukan? Karena itu penting bagi kita yang dewasa untuk memperlengkapi diri dan membuka wawasan agar nuansa mengasuh dengan cinta bisa kita wujudkan dalam mendidik anak-anak kita.

Yuk, mari kita sama-sama belajar. Entah kita guru atau orang tua atau keduanya, mari kita sama-sama belajar menumbuhkan “bunga-bunga” kecil yang sudah dipercayakan kepada kita dengan penuh cinta. Kita belajar mengenali mereka karena tentunya tiap anak memiliki keunikan dan keistimewaan masing-masing.

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Mastery Learning

Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Knowledge is not skill; knowledge plus 10,000 times is skill.

You only don’t practice on the days you don’t eat!

If he or she really goes about it in earnest, anyone can cultivate ability in ten years, I believe. Even in one year, shortcomings can be changed into good points if only we set our aims high enough. Continuing for ten years, we can become outstanding indeed…There is no limit to our shortcomings. Until we die, we should spare no time or effort in changing our weaknesses to merits. To do so can be pleasant and interesting. We can become like the horse that starts last and yet outruns the field, reaching the wire first; it is the same fun.

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Parent Teacher Communication

 

The foundation for any relationship is good communication! As adults we learn from our experience with our spouse or partner, or with lifelong friends about how to sustain a lasting relationship or friendship through discussion and expressing both our negative and positive feelings. Certainly there is no shortage of articles on this topic in the media!

WhatsApp Image 2018-05-08 at 5.29.28 PMIn the Suzuki Method good communication ensures that parents and teachers can work together for the benefit and happiness of the child.

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Transition: The Teenage Years

It’s unbelievable how time flies and the little, 3,4,5 year old Twinklers I started to teach 8-10 years ago are now tall lanky and outgoing teenagers. I do not meet their parents as often- the parents who previously came diligently to lessons, took notes and practiced the lesson plan with their children at home. Still parents play an important role in providing a nurturing and positive environment that helps teens weather some of the upheavals of this transitional period. Continue reading “Transition: The Teenage Years”

A Violin Teacher’s Reflection after SMAI Suzuki Book 1 Teacher Training Jan. 2018

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by Dave Obadja

I had been playing the violin for 6 years when I became interested in looking for a good method of violin teaching. I had never taught before because I felt that I myself am not a good violinist so I did not have the courage to teach. I always thought: “How can I teach properly if I do not know the method and cannot give a good example?” I did not want my students to become the victim of my doing.

Then my friend informed me that there would be Suzuki Violin Book One Training January 2018 in Indonesia and fortunately, the training is held at SPH which is near my apartment. So I decided to participate in this training just to get to know more about the Suzuki Method. In the beginning I was skeptical about this training, but as the training progressed I started to open my mind and try to understand. I used to think that Suzuki was a bad method.  I came to realize that I was totally wrong about the Suzuki Method and I really apologize for this!!  My previous teacher taught me using the Suzuki books, but it did not work well and even created many technical problems. So I blamed Suzuki because of that. Now I realize that even if he used the book, it does not mean that he used the method. I believe that he tried his best to teach me, but unfortunately he just was not properly trained in the Suzuki method.

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December Piano and String Camp Surabaya

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Surabaya Intercultural School, December 1-3, 20017

For the very first time, Ms. Elizabeth Suryani Ongko, Miss Angelia, and Ms. Hartanti, and some other Suzuki teacher in Surabaya in collaborated with the Surabaya Intercultural School and conducted a Piano and String Camp.

The committee was very pleased to have Ms. Therese Wirakesuma, Mr. Suprapto, Miss Yanisa Srirojanun (from Thailand) as the guest teachers for Violin, Mr. Stephen Cahyadi for Piano and Miss Heidi Imanda for Cello. There were about 50 students was joined the camp, mostly were Violin students, 9 Piano students, and 2 Cello students.

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SMAI October Weekend Festival

27-30 October 2017, SPH Lippo Village

An educational and inspiring weekend of activities spent with beloved family!

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SMAI held a four days festival at the end of October. There were more than fifty children and teachers who joined. The event was held from 27 – 30 October 2017 in SPH Lippo Village and consisted of master classes, group classes, repertoire classes, chamber workshop, teacher workshop, string quartet recital, and grand concert.

We were glad to have inspiring guest faculties come for this event. Mr. Christophe Bossuat from France who was studied with Shinichi Suzuki himself and also one of the founders of European Suzuki Association, Ms. Antonella Aloigi from Italy who holds a position as Suzuki violin specialist at Stamford American International School in Singapore, and award winning Singaporean violinist Mr. Foo Say Ming who also head of strings department in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), and NAFA String Quartet.

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