I was recently asked to begin teaching violin lessons to a 7-year-old, *very* high-energy boy. His older siblings have played violin; he loves the instrument and has wanted to take lessons for some time. I believe his potential is incredible! Music will be such a wonderful outlet for him.
My teacher teaches Suzuki and overall, that is what I use for my students. Parental involvement is a key factor in the Suzuki method, obviously. Although this 7-year-old's mother wants him to take lessons, she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be involved in practices. She will take notes in lessons and will remind him to practice, period. She believes that if he wants to do it, he will have the maturity and desire to practice (and progress).
I would be very grateful for feedback and thoughts from your experiences in teaching.
I think that the love and desire he has for violin will take him a long way. But how mature is a 7-year-old? What if, after a semester or two, he gets tired of practicing? Violin technique and practice isn't all fun and games. =) If he doesn't have the accountability and encouragement to continue (and he knows he can stop if he wants), I fear the whole experience will be detrimental to him and he won't pick up violin again...simply because of a couple frustrating weeks.
What is the balance? I would be thrilled to work with him--especially because of his enthusiasm. But I want it to be a good experience for him and I want to know that he'll stick with it long enough to develop good technique and beautiful music that brings him joy and confidence.
Thanks in advance for your advice!
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