I have a student, age 12, who stops suddenly and gives sort of a startled reaction, after playing even only 2 notes... and does that many times during one lesson, every week. She admits she thinks she made a mistake (though many times what she played was exactly right) but I don't understand her reaction, and it really holds her back. I've been focused on teaching her how to think through what she sees on the page, figuring out the rhythms, singing it; then playing. I thought this would show her whether or not she's actually playing what is written, and help her to continue; but it does not seem to work. we've been doing this for a year now and she still stops suddenly, with a startled reaction, over and over. Any advice out there?
We do finally, after several months of work, get to where she can play something simple, say Minuet 1 in Suzuki book 1, but then again, memorizing becomes a huge hurdle all over again.
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