Our child recently switched to a new teacher after staying with the first teacher for two and a half years.
We left the former teacher because of the long distance commute and because teacher demanded child pay attention and stay cheerful during 3 hour long lessons while daughter could not effectively communicate with the teacher because of the teacher's advanced age.
The former teacher has sent dozens of students to study at the top conservatories in the US.
Former teacher also tells us our child is highly gifted and would head to conservatory within a few years.
We chose the former teacher because I knew her from when my brother studied with her and our child begged to study the violin, we are just as happy if she wanted to play the cello or nothing at all.
When daughter left her former teacher, our daughter was working on a Vivaldi and a Bach concerto and a Mozart Sonata with scales, and other studies.
Her new teacher is wonderful, he has a calming personality, plays well and studied with a great teacher.
We are not doubting his ability to teach.
But we just want to know if it is okay to ask teacher to give daughter more to practice than a few lines of a study? She has been on the same few lines for the past 8 lessons.
New teacher never said our child gifted to play the violin or even doing anything correct on the violin. New teacher said daughter's bowing is all wrong so needs to re learn how to handle a bow. We agree with the teacher's assessment but months of open bow seems to have gotten to our daughter who is normally very patient.
Should we even stay with this teacher or should I ask an old friend who is an incredible teacher and violinist to teach our kid?
We live in a major city and I would think someone on this forum can recommend who we might take child to nurture her talent.
Child does seem to be a natural, she plays piano by ear without ever having a lesson. She can play simple sonatinas just by listening to me and seem to start to pick up Bach Two Part inventions.
I want to get her an appropriate teacher before getting her a piano teacher.
Daughter is feeling deflated and impossible to practice more than 20-30 minutes a day because she is bored and frustrated.
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