My son is 9 years old. He has been playing the violin for 4 years. He is in Suzuki Book 4. He has been struggling with practice for years but recently it has gotten unbearable. He says playing the violin is making him HATE the violin. We try to have him practice every day for 15-20 minutes which doesn't seem unreasonable (to us). He HATES reading music and practicing pieces that are harder for him. The situation is causing WW3 in our home...him crying, his father angry, and I'm frazzled. He has a nice patient teacher. He has performed with groups and plays as a street musician when he wants extra money (during these street performances he averages about $50 an hour). His teacher states he has promise and perfect pitch. We are absolutely heart broken over what to do. He also has a piano (he does not take lessons) but will play by ear for up to an hour without prompting. I believe he might prefer the piano but his parents (my husband and I) cherish the violin and wanted that to be his first and primary instrument.
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