I was a child beginner and a traditional, non-Suzuki learner. First, at age 7, I had elementary piano instruction. But then the violin fascinated me. I knew this was the instrument I wanted to play. I began bowing and fingering tunes on a small-sized instrument several months before the first lessons.
During violin instruction, as with piano, the teacher and I were alone together. During practice, I was totally on my own. I feel that, for me, this was the right way.
My parents certainly kept tabs on my whereabouts and activities. But they encouraged me to do things on my own. Since violin was my choice, and since I was hooked on practicing, I am quite confident that the absence of direct parental involvement in my lessons and practice sessions actually allowed me to progress faster and go further in the study than I would have done otherwise.
Still, one size doesn't fit all, and I recognize that what worked fine for me can be all wrong for some others. What are your experiences -- and what are your thoughts on the subject of parental involvement from learner and/or teacher and parent viewpoints?
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