Hello! I am very frustrated with my 3.5 year old. When he just turned 3, we tried Suzuki method, but he hated playing in the group, so I found him a teacher with a formal approach. He’s been having a half an hour lesson a week and about 20 min practice at home every other day for the past 3 months. The progress was good in the beginning, but things starting to slow down.
He is still playing on open strings. He can name all the notes and play simple tunes, but when reading the music he still can’t really grasp the difference between a minim or a quaver. It seems like he does not understand the difference in the length of the sounds he should be producing when he is playing off the list. He can however copy the music by ear when listening to the recording of the piece he is learning. It is usually a very easy tune, just a few notes. (Sorry if I don’t make much sense, I am not a professional so not sure how to describe it better).
Is there is any point to continue? Is it possible to teach such a small child notes? I thought it was possible before we started the lessons. Or should I go back to Suzuki method, despite him hating it? Do I stop lessons all together and try again when he is older?
I would love to hear from somebody with an experience of teaching younger kids/parents of younger students. His teacher is a lovely, but she had admitted herself that she does not have a lot of experience with kids his age and sees it like a “new challenge.”
This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.
Violinist.com is made possible by...
Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.