My soon to be 13 year old son has been playing violin for 6 1/2 years. He's a Suzuki student in book 10. He's been playing with his teacher's strings ensemble for about 5 years. Last fall, he auditioned for the University of San Diego Symphony Orchestra and made it as a first violinist. They are comprised of college students, community members including ex-San Diego Symphony members, and advanced high school students. My son is the only young violinist. This semester, they're playing lots of difficult Beethoven which he's never done. His teacher is very experienced but I still get the feeling he could be doing better with a traditional teacher now. He, however, is adamant about not changing teachers. What do I do? The music for the USD Symphony is fast and he's concerned about keeping up the tempo. He's also not great at theory (music reading), though he's learning quickly I guess! He needs to practice more and I did ask the director specifically what he needs to work on (she said work with a metronome) because he came to the first rehearsal woefully underprepared.
Well, any advice on what to do with my son would be really appreciated. How do I guide him? How do I encourage him? How do we change teachers when neither he nor his teacher thinks he need to change?
I have about a hundred more questions but that's all I have time for now! :-) Thank-you!
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