I am a non-violinist mom to a 9 year old who has been learning the violin for 3 years now. This is her passion and for her own reasons, she wanted to enter a local violin competition this year. She will be playing the Seitz Concerto No. 5 and Movement No. 2 from Vivaldi's Winter Concerto. She is a disciplined, above average player but nowhere close to a child prodigy.
Usually, I have nothing to do with her violin practicing or lessons because I know nothing about the violin. However, I sat in on her most recent lesson and became concerned about the comments from her teacher. Her teacher plays in our city's orchestra and is an absolute perfectionist. She is a kind teacher but can been extremely demanding. My daughter enjoys her lessons, but clearly, the teacher is demanding so much that I am not sure if my daughter can deliver what she asks.
My questions are:
1) How can I help her practice the double stops in the Seitz Concerto - she can play them at a moderate speed but still not as fast as the Suzuki recording. Or is that not necessary?
2) How can I help her develop her musical ability for the Vivaldi? I don't quite hear what the teacher wants from her (and I am assuming my daughter doesn't quite get it either).
3) Are these competitions just for child prodigies or also for kids who enjoy playing and competing? Neither I nor my daughter have ever been to a music competition so I am not even sure what to expect.
4) Any overall tips for helping a child prepare these pieces either in general or for the competition?
She still has two months to prepare, but the teacher picks on every little thing and I am worried that my daughter will get frustrated and lose her enthusiasm before the competition.
Any advice or comments?
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