My 12-year old daughter is on her 3rd teacher since she started playing 5 years ago--although the first was me, so that doesn't quite count the same way. Her second teacher was excellent, just lived farther than preferrable and moved even farther away, making it necessary for us to end that. The 3rd teacher she has is OK and we have been with him since Sept., but I am not pleased with a few things-- 1) no recitals. "Too busy," is the reply when I asked. I had actually meant to "interview" him for the lessons, and should have probably backed off when I go this reply, but he lived so close that it was hard to pass up. 2) not very organized or systematic about assignments. I don't think she's ready for the the Bach solo sonatas, in particular her playing of double stops was not developed enough, and she struggled with the G minor fugue for weeks. (I suggested the Bach concerto, but he said he thought that required a higher level.) Many of the pieces and etudes will be assigned for several weeks, and then "we'll let it rest." There is especially little polishing of etudes.
My daughter is not as enthusiastic about violin as we her parents are (that is, I play a lot, and maybe that's another can of worms), but I figure she's still a kid and we just have to keep at it. When I asked my daughter about this teacher, she seems to prefer staying with him because he does not require her to practice as much. When she heard about a good teacher who asked his students to practice 1.5 hrs per day, she voiced a bit of protest.
Anyhow, what is the way to go about finding a suitable teacher? We live in the Bay Area, where there are many good (though expensive) teachers. Call up numerous candidates, then go visit each one? I can't see us doing that with more than 2 candidates.
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