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How violin lessons can help you to get better at academics

For the last 14 years my son Siddharth has been learning to play the violin at the Suzuki school of violin in Pune. The school is run by the brilliant Ms. Rama Chobhe, a highly accomplished musician and teacher. In many ways this is a music school like no other, and I am going to list just three of its unique features. A parent must attend every class with the child, and help with the child's practice at home. In a sense the parent learns music with the child, though they do not play the instrument. There are no exams. A student progresses by learning one "book" at a time, each one encompassing more advanced techniques than the previous book. The culmination of a book is a compulsory "graduation concert", a public performance by the graduating students. Though the bulk of a graduation concert is taken up by the graduating students, every student of the school must participate in a group performance at these concerts. The school encourages and facilita