Susan said: May 21, 2007
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We have a problem. My child has been studying violin in a music school for a couple of years with one teacher and prior to that another teacher. We had a rough experience in the previous switch and if I had had my choice this would not be the teacher to study with. This particular teacher is very nice but not demanding enough especially where technique is concerned. There are a couple of other teachers I would like to approach but I am hesitant to cause hard feelings. There is a very close relationship between students and teachers at our school. I have spoken to our current teacher about being more particular about how the pieces are played and not worrying about advancing my child but the teacher sees a very advanced student and keeps trying to add new pieces before the current ones are really mastered. Any suggestions.

Debbie said: May 21, 2007
Debbie Mi138 posts

This may not work very well for you, but I have seen it where a parent steps in and takes charge and just does not let the child go on to the next piece untill the last one is ready, no matter what the teacher does.

I have parents in my own studio who have done this, and they have really called me on some spots where I should have been more particular and wasn’t. It really helped me to stop and realize that I needed to make some changes.

Of course, this really may not work for you, but it might be worth a try.

Jennifer Visick said: May 22, 2007
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Even if the teacher has moved the student on to “working” on a new piece, the old one should continue to be polished. Maybe you can ask the teacher what the standards and procedure for polishing and reviewing the repertoire are? Find out if the teacher thinks you are pushing for too much mastery—and be open to considering whatever answer you get. How does your child feel about the level of playing?

If all else fails and you feel that you MUST move to a different teacher, do speak with the current teacher about switching first, before contacting another teacher. It may be an uncomfortable conversation but it is better than the alternative (securing a new teacher first and then informing the current teacher that you are leaving). The current teacher may actually be able to help with the transition, wrap up the lessons with your child, give the new teacher a synopsis of what has been taught, etc.

Sara said: Aug 15, 2007
191 posts

Be open with your current teacher. She needs to know your exact concerns. I have always appreciated it when parents have not been afraid to approach me and tell me how they feel about what is happening in lessons. Taking your your child’s lesson time, or scheduling a time with the teacher where neither of you are rushed to have this dicussion is very effective and more thorough than just a phone call at a random hour of the day, or a quick talk at the end of lesson while other students are waiting and where she may need a break.
good luck!

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