Is My Child Progressing To Fast?

Thoa Nguyen said: Jun 8, 2017
 1 posts

MYy CHild Started The Violin when he was 9 years old and he started doing suzuki book 1. He progressed through the book within 8 months. And quickly finished book 2. He is 1 1/2 years through the violin and is now in book 3. Is my child going to fast?

Joanne Shannon said: Jun 9, 2017
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Los Angeles, CA
140 posts

It depends on whether he’s just learning a lot of pieces or if he’s actually learning a lot of good technique and tone. There’s a big difference!

Ranjit said: Jul 18, 2017
 Piano, Guitar, Flute
Edison, NJ
1 posts

Yes, I agree with Joanne. It depends on his learning interest and the shortcuts that he’s using to learn or practice. Let him do, you know one thing I always allow my child to do whatever on her own interest and now she has finished Piano within short period.

Best Regards
Ranjit S

Joanne Shannon said: Jul 18, 2017
Joanne Shannon
Suzuki Association Member
Los Angeles, CA
140 posts

I’m not quite sure what you mean when you say “finished piano”. I don’t believe anything is really “finished”. I don’t give children any more choices on the piano than a teacher at school gives a child in math class. I decide the curriculum. It is the adults job to help children sustain themselves through any given topic. When they become adults ( or high school) all the choices open up to them and that’s when they start to pick and choose based on their past experiences. I’ve even seen adults try something they’ve never experienced. Believe me, if it was meant for you, it will show it’s face. If children are allowed to jump from one thing to another, they never really learn the art of perserverance…..getting through the tough parts until it becomes enjoyable and satisfying. I have a student that I started as a six year old. Now he’s 16 and near the end of book 6. He’s already asked me what he’ll be doing after book 7. He’s not thinking of the end, he’s really just beginning. I started study with a jazz piano teacher a year ago and I’m far from finished!

Claudia Ferguson said: Jul 18, 2017
Claudia FergusonViolin
San Antonio, TX
8 posts

That sounds normal for a gifted child, and we have a lot of those. Have you thought about supplementing with a youth orchestra?

Claudia Ferguson, Violinist
Bravo Suzuki Violin School of San Antonio
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Rebekah said: Jul 18, 2017
Rebekah Hanson
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
24 posts

That sounds pretty typical to me…..when students start at 9 or 10, they tend to progress very quickly. They have a lot more dexterity, coordination, concentration (and much more) than a child who begins at 3 or 4 years old.

Many older students also start reading music right away, so hopefully you can spend some quality time doing ear training exercises. This is such an important part of the Suzuki Philosophy, and helpful for all musicians. However, it is often overlooked in older students.

It sounds like he is enjoying it which is great!
Happy practicing!

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