This forum has been so helpful to me as a non-violinist for answering questions to my google questions that I decided to join and ask a question directly. I've read all the threads on this forum relating to children under age 6 playing violin. I'm including a lot of information so you can decide for yourself how much of "that mom" I am. :giggle:
I was feeling desperate for ways to occupy my 21 month old son. I pulled out a 1/16 violin I had bought for my older son (now 9). My older son lasted about 5 minutes with violin. He was uncoordinated and never took to it. I figured Baby could use it for a toy.
My older son showed Baby a violin DVD and Baby grabbed the violin and put it up on his shoulder the way the DVD demonstrated. :shock: Baby has become obsessed with violin since!
My mother was a Suzuki piano teacher. I've read "The Suzuki Violinist" several times recently. We listen to Book 1 CD during the day whenever myself or my older son aren't practicing out instruments (piano, flute, trumpet). I'm a competent musician, but not on stringed instruments!
Baby places his feet on a footprint template.
He can point to the parts of the violin by name.
He can put the violin into rest position and onto his shoulder. I do hand-over-hand guiding.
I started showing him the Suzuki beginner bow hold. He puts his thumb on a sticker and doesn't grab it in a fist. I figure that's pretty good for now? When he starts moving the bow, he tightens his grip, so I'm doing hand-over-hand and starting over when his grip gets tighter.
He "practices" several times per day for 1 - 5 minutes.
My goal is to keep him occupied day-today at home. He has been more calm, playing more independently, and dramatically fewer tantrums since starting violin. I'm hoping to find a way to continually add new mini-skills to keep him entertained and busy.
My expectation is that if he were to stay interested and continue, to age 3, for example, that he will be as capable as an average 3 year old who starts lessons.
My concern (and question) is how do I find enough pre-twinkle activities to keep him busy?
P.S. The 1/16 is way to big for him. I'm planning to get a 1/64 for him if I feel confident enough in my ability to keep showing him developmentally appropriate violin skills in the next year.
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