Difficult student to teach

Joanna Pearl said: Nov 4, 2004
 1 posts



must know liana here right? Yes, she’s my violin teacher. Actually, our school has a Curriculum Enrichment

Program, and liana, who is also the music teacher of grades 1-4 (?), is the moderator. Since there are over 100

students who joined the Little Fiddlers Workshop, and she can’t accomodate all pupils for Saturday Violin

Lessons, the advanced students or good students (who have passed twinkling) were asked to volunteer to teach the

other younger & newer students. For every ‘assistant’ teacher, two students. My elder student seems to have

no problem in learning musical pieces, since she is pretty much paying attention. Not like her old self, who used

to bum around and always bored. I had to change that. I can’t deal with a students who only half-heartedly commit

themselves to playing the violin. So I kind of told her mom to at least allow her to practice for 30 mins a day if

her daughter isn’t busy… She readily agreed. Seems that my plan worked. However my younger student..

>sigh< :( It seems like she can’t get the point… my eldest is on “O Come Little Children” and my

youngest is still on Twinkle variations. I think it’s because of her wandering attention. Any tips? And please

take note we only have.. hmm.. 2:10-3:40.. 1 hr and 30 minutes for teacher-student lessons.. Plus violin tuning.

And I have two of them to teach.. How can I handle my eldest (too)? Because when it’s her partner’s turn, she

doesn’t usually practice the piece I taught her, but when told to do it verbally forcibly, she’d do it anyway…

Any tips on how to handle my younger one? Thanks! :)

Joanna Pearl R. Santos
Suzuki Violin Method
Book 1 student
Cebu, Philippines
e-mail: [javascript protected email address]
website: www.suzukimethod.tk

said: Nov 4, 2004
 10 posts

I’m gonna tell you the

truth and say i have absolutely no idea on how to deal with your younger child. But in regards to the poll, Suzuki

method is most definitely not better than Traditional methods. However, it is by no means worse. They both have

their benifites. With Suzuki method, students can begin at a very young age. With Traditional methods, students

can progress just as fast (if not faster when properly motiviated) and they can begin later in their life when

they’re a little more mature. Both methods have their benifits (and both have downsides) and one should never be

regarded as being better or worse than the other, just different.

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