teaching a first timer in person
the back story is this,
i'm in turkey for couple of months, our cleaning lady saw my violin and asked repeatedly if i can give her 12 year old daughter some lessons, i have zero experience in teaching, and i threw whatever excuse i could at her but she still insist. the only reason i hesitantly agreed to this is due to the fact that they are a family economic refugee from uzbekistan or something, and there is no way they can afford her lessons. however she pleaded that I give her daughter some time on the violin.
my question is twofold.
one, how would i safely go about this, as in what else can i do besides make sure we both wear masks and stand at least a arm length apart, and i think i'll use my bow or maybe a stick to correct her hand position and postures, or anything else that i would need to do. maybe open couple windows so there is circulation of the air.
two, from what i researched, i know the first couple lessons is basically having her get comfortable holding the violin, and do pizzicato instead of bowing. have her get to know the strings and the first position, and maybe a G major scale if shes a fast learner.
thats all i have for now, and her lesson is set for this saturday, if anyone can give me some suggestions that would be greatly appreciated. thanks
oh and if it wasn't obvious, i'm not charging her.
Kyle, I'm not a teacher, but I can offer some advice about safety.
I applaud you for giving something of potentially lasting value to this family.
I started teaching some beginner kids around 1966 - about 20 years after my own final violin lesson 20 years earlier. I did this at their parents request after they learned that I played. I seemed to remember enough about my own lessons and still had my old music books to use as a basis for lessons. It worked and I continued to teach a small number of children and adults in that area commmunity I moved away 30 years later.
Adventures in Violin Land. Some of the best teaching materials ever, in my opinion.
To Paul's point about building up through Suzuki, there's a book of Wohlfahrt progressive duets, the first of which had the student play only open A's and E's, which to me is a great starting point since bowing itself is a significant challenge to a new player. Then the fingers are introduced one by one, then different keys and rhythms. I think it's great for young students. I also like Mimi Zweig's approach and you can find a lot of free videos of hers online. For a beginner you have to lay a careful foundation and repeatedly reinforce good habits.
What a great opporunity, for you and her! If you are only teaching her for 2 months while you are in Turkey, I think.you will be surprised how quickly it goes. Start with opening the case, and somehow two months have gone by in a blink. Have a step by step plan in place, but take it as quickly or slowly she needs. For me, I use Suzuki books a lot, and two months is about the time a twelve year old is finishing the Twinkle variations. Also, the twelve year olds I get already have music and music reading experience through the schools so they seem to move quicker than the 5 year olds.
Although mostly not too applicable to beginners, you should watch some of Kurganov's videos about improving technique. It might assist you, because you will learn how to effectively teach from observing Kurganov's musings.
I agree with Andrew about..."getting the bow under control is just too critical". I teach some basic bowing strokes before any left hand fingering. The left hand is in the 'rest position'; a specifically placed position against the upper violin bout.