Having Two (2) Private Violin Teachers For A 5 Year Old

said: Oct 6, 2008
 1 posts

Is it good to have two private violin teachers for my five (5) year old daughter, who has just begun her lessons? She audition for the Orchestra and she was accepted. I thought it was group lessons, but they are private lessons and I do not want her to miss out on this great opportunity. Also, she & her first private teacher has a great relationship and she is doing very well with her.

Thank You,


Kirsten said: Oct 6, 2008
103 posts

I would not allow this for a student of mine. Every week I try to give the student a lesson assignment which just what the student needs for that week. Some beginners may get more to do than others, depending on their speed of learning and how they practice. Too much instruction, even from one teacher, can be depressing, discouraging and frustrating for a child. I think it would be impossible to have “just enough” instruction if you are going to two teachers at the same time. This is just my opinion.

But if you do want to consider this idea, you should talk to your current and future teachers and let them both know about your plan. Both teachers need to understand every aspect of what they are doing in order to be able to do their jobs effectively.

I have heard of parents working with 2 teachers and trying to get the child keep the secret from both teachers. They don’t do this to be unkind to the teachers. I think they do it because they think they know what is best for their own child and they think it is none of the teacher’s business. It never works. At least one of the teachers will find out very soon. It is so much better to tell the teachers, and allow them to give you professional advise.


Jennifer Visick said: Oct 7, 2008
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You might find something useful in this thread asking about two teachers at the same time (although, apparently, for a different reason):

Also, did your current teacher know you were applying for this other program? Your current teacher would probably know best if what you’re proposing will work or not, so don’t be afraid to ask him or her about it!

I don’t quite understand what you auditioned for: is this an orchestra that coaches its students individually? Is it an orchestra that has its members giving private lessons?

said: Feb 8, 2009
 36 posts

I am in the same situation. I can only teach the student where I am coming from. Her parents came to me because this teenager could not read a single note. She is reading much better now though. She plays with flat finger, but what can I do. She learned it from some idiot Suzuki teacher who says he knew Suzuki himself. And she plays with a collapsed elbow. She plays well, so I can’t complain. She has a great attitude. We are just going to have to agree to disagree about technique.

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