I have a question regarding the proper introduction of form ( e.g. bow hold, violin hold, posture) to my son, Matthew, who is 5 years old. So far he has taken five lessons with a teacher using Suzuki. I practice with Matthew everyday for about 15 minutes and he can now play the A,E,F#,E of Twinkle and is working on the D,C#,A part. Matthew's teacher is an older lady who seems to had a lot of experience teaching violin to children BUT I'm concerned that the teacher is not stressing proper form, in particular the bow hold.
Perhaps I'm biased because when I was Matthew's age, my teacher (who also taught Suzuki) would not even let me use the bow on the violin until I had learned the Franco-Belgian bow hold. Per instructions from his teacher, Matthew is using the beginner's bow hold. When I asked about this, the teacher replied that beginner's bow hold promoted a relaxed bow hand and prevented the bad habit of tightly gripping the bow. Furthermore, she said that she teaches Franco-Belgian bow hold only after completion of Suzuki book 1. The teacher herself uses a beginner's bow hold during lessons! I accepted her explanation but am still concerned because she does not correct Matthew's when he is obviously not using the correct beginner's hold. Nor does she correct Matthew when his bow strokes are crooked. Here are my questions:
1) Should I be concerned that the teacher is not stressing proper form after five lessons?
2) The teacher says she teaches proper form "along the way," She is more concerned with getting her beginning pupils to play songs and generating interest. How many more lessons should Matthew take before I become concerned that Matthew is not learning proper form?
3) Isn't the beginner's bow hold reserved for very young kids? Should a five year old avoid the beginner's bow and immediately learn the adult bow hold?
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