I can not check for your responses until tommorrow, but had a personal question. As some of you seem to be rather accomplished violinists, I was wondering a few things. I am a parent of a young boy who started at age four in Suzuki. At age eight, he studies with a new non-Suzuki teacher during school and a Suzuki teacher in the summer (these two new teachers are good friends).
I think he gets a great balance of different techniques this way.
My little survey for the pros/serious amatuers on this site:
1. How hard did your parents push you?
2. What input from your parents or others worked?
3. At what age did you start to push yourself?
4. Did you hit a point in your playing/age where you didn't want your parents around so much anymore and practiced WELL on your own.
5. Was there a "mentor" teacher that inspired you greatly?
6. What levels did you go through on your journey as an artist. Was there a "head" that went with it?
7. What musical pieces did you need to know at what age to move along?
8. When did your parents back off completely?
Thanks for this help. I was serous in piano and took violin to help him get going. He has passed me by in technique, but I am a smarter practicer then he so I help him sometimes on counting and how to use his time well. I don't even have to yell or push too much these days. Both teacher think he has extraordinary intonation and is super relaxed on stage plus really fun to watch. Any advice is appreciated.
I am tryng to hold back more these days but he is still pretty little. His new teachers really lit a spark but are really strict on scales etudes and technique along with Suzuki pieces.
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