starting 5 yr old

Friederike said: Jul 15, 2011
Friederike Lehrbass
Suzuki Association Member
Plano, TX
71 posts

I just started teaching a 5 yr old student. She is pretty sensitive to pressure. Her body gets very curvy and I’m having a challenge for her to hold her violin.She also gets frustrated very fast. thought may be letting her use a box violin might help? Any other thoughts are appreciated. She also shares her lesson w/ her 7 yr old sister, who does very well. Thanks Friederike

Praise the Lord with the stringed instrument

Patricia said: Jul 15, 2011
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Martinsville, NJ
58 posts

Before I use a box violin, I play holding games with either a clementine/orange/nerf ball….. right where the violin would go and turning the head…..after they can do that—even through laughing, I get them on a box and then the real violin. Is there anyway, she can come at a different time then her sister? Good Luck!

Rachel Schott said: Jul 15, 2011
Rachel SchottViolin
Harrogate, TN
127 posts

She may expect to have the same facility and strength as her sister and needs help managing the reality of learning the violin.

“Two years older” means nothing to her. She has never been 7 before. “Two years younger” is a valuable point of reference because she HAS been 3 before, and probably loves being the bigger girl when there is a baby cousin or neighbor around. Hopefully this will help her gain perspective on her own age relative to her sister’s. Ed’s book talks a lot about mangaging the realities of frustration. Have you read “Helping Parents Practice?”

You probably already know this, but check the big muscles first: if you can’t solve the problem by adjusting the chin, neck, yadda, yadda…make sure her overall body posture is strong, proud, stable.

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