New Student preparing for orchestra


Jessica Waite said: Jul 27, 2013
Suzuki Association Member
5 posts

Hello all,
I just discovered this forum and I’m delighted with all the helpful dialogue I’ve read so far! I’ve been teaching violin several years, but this summer a new situation came up. I had a mother contact me for violin lessons for her 10 year old daughter. She told me that her daughter would be starting her school orchestra this fall and wondered if I could help give her a “head start.” She has very little previous musical experience. I agreed to take her, but explained my teaching approach of starting with many preparatory exercises before actually picking up the bow and violin. They are very receptive to what I do with her in lessons. I feel we can accomplish a lot this next month before school starts, as she is very eager and seems to be very focused. Has anyone encountered a situation like this, where the student begins a beginning school orchestra only a month after beginning private lessons? I want to encourage her to do well under her orchestra instructor, while at the same time not sacrificing my approach with her. Any thoughts would be welcome—thank you in advance!

Danielle said: Jul 28, 2013
Suzuki Association Member
Piano, Violin
Cheverly, MD
9 posts

Go for it—the more help she gets the better! The level of assistance available in a school orchestra setting varies greatly. I have a few students who have done similar things. All of them enjoy the school orchestra, and greatly enjoy being the more competent players because they have had even a few private lessons. Many started the orchestra and then decided they wanted to know more, and asked their parents for lessons. Because they see their friends playing perhaps, they are very receptive to learning and doing better. I think of it as a general peer-support-music environment, which in no way detracts from their lessons and program with me—the opposite, in fact. I wish access to a school orchestra were the norm instead of the exception.

Jessica Waite said: Jul 29, 2013
Suzuki Association Member
5 posts

Thanks Danielle :)

Maria Stefanova-Mar said: Aug 12, 2013
Albuquerque, NM
19 posts

I completely agree with Danielle! You can also approach the orchestra director and mention that you are the child’s private instructor, offer feedback or support on her orchestra material. This way you would develop a relationship with him/her and work toward the same goal.

Irene said: Aug 26, 2014
Irene YeongViolin
160 posts

my daughter just got into her school orchestra. I am very excited. is there any book that I can read up , for easy reading, like, introduction to orchestra,, , better preparation etc?

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