My 8 years old boy is trained under Suzuki system and he is a very keen learner, according to his violin teacher, he progresses very well in two and half years time. This morning his teacher suddenly said that for a keen learner like him she strongly recommends that it is time (he is Book 2 Suzuki) for him to take up second instrument, and she specifically said that he should learn piano which could help tremendously his violin playing. Well, I am very much dilemma, as my son says that he only likes and only wants to play violin. I feel like if I force him to learn piano it is not right at all, but then that is his violin teacher’s advices!
May I ask you – will it make a difference, if a child practises 45 minutes on violin and 15 minutes on piano compared to the scenario if the child practise 60 minutes violin only? If his main objective is to play the violin well?
We have no plan to ask him to play the second instrument, if not because of the teacher’s advice. As parents, we rather like to spend our resources & time to bring him to travel, attending concerts, plan other activities related to music to expand his perspective on music.
Can anyone advise, should he take up a piano lesson so that his violin playing can progress better?
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