When you have a pupil who clearly shows little or no interest in playing -- won't pay attention during lessons, won't follow your instructions, won't practice at home -- what do you do? At what point do you cut them off? And how do you go about turning them loose?
I'm especially interested in how you deal with this when violin lessons weren't the pupil's own idea. Instead, a parent has forced this "devil of instruments" on the kid.
Part of me winces every time I hear of a case like this, because I know firsthand how challenging the instrument is -- what a long, steep learning curve it has -- even for those who choose to play it, as I did.
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Although I'm not involved in teaching, mainly because I never felt it was my calling, the v.com subsection of Teaching and Pedagogy consistently attracts and holds my attention. I did enjoy a bit of ad hoc coaching of fellow-pupils in studio -- under the watchful guidance of our instructor -- but didn't go beyond this.
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