I've been teaching privately (among other things) for two years now since I graduated from college. I know there are a lot of amazing and experienced teachers on this board, so I was hoping people may have some tips for me on this student. I love the kid-but I'm running out of ideas!
He is a 7 yr old beginner, a funny, sweet little boy. He's quite intelligent, and has a good ear. The problem is this-he has such a short attention span I'm having trouble teaching him.
-little to no eye contact
-doesn't talk much/ doesn't respond to questions
-walking around in little circles (using a foot chart helps somewhat)
-general constant wiggling and can't seem to stay in one position for more than a few seconds
-Mom says has been diagnosed with ADD, and they use meds to manage it, but he still has significant problems in school, etc.
Now generally, I'm wary of the ADD label and tend to dismiss the idea-but definitely not in this case! He wants very much to learn violin, but can't seem to focus much at all....I can give more details of what we've been working on so far if that would help.
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