Kids who like to run

Rebeca Padilla said: Feb 28, 2017
11 posts

Hello everyone, I’m new in this forum and the Suzuki method as well (3 years) I’m having difficulties with a violin student who started with another teacher, yet she left so she got switched to my class. Her bow isn’t “clean” and steady, and as she rushes through the piece it’s hard to correct it. She had already learned up to song of the wind, yet her notes aren’t clear and she gets bored when I try to get her to play slowly so we can focus on her bowing control.

She is 7 years old, what strategies have worked for you? What can I do?

I’m from Mexico, so excuse my English redaction.
Thanks a lot.

Carrie said: Mar 1, 2017
 60 posts

I am a piano teacher, but one thing I do with students who play recklessly like this is to begin at the end of the piece she knows. Sometimes I’ll only play one note, other times I’ll play a whole measure, then nod to her to do the same. As she plays it carefully and beautifully a few times, I’ll go back and pick up another note or measure. It may be a while before she figures out she knows the song.

Another thing I learned from a jazz piano instructor is to love the note. I will play each note and smile and show that I am enjoying that note before going on to the next. Some students don’t understand how much they need to slow down until I exaggerate it like this.


Rebeca Padilla said: Mar 1, 2017
11 posts

I like both of your ideas, the “loving every note” concept it’s great, I can also say that we need to “love” every finger as well so she gives importance to each one, since she moved to quickly to the next note without finishing the last one that she makes double notes….. I had been thinking about buying a turtle or a snail stuff animal, and maybe place it over her violin and play as turtle or something like that, do you think it will work?

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