Starting sibblings @ same time?

said: Jun 12, 2008
 103 posts

I know that this was covered somewhat in the topic:

But the students I would be starting are approx. age 7 & 9, both girls and they do have a wonderful parents. They haven’t started yet, and when I talked to them before it was just the one child (younger) that they were going to enroll. The older one had commented that she wanted to do violin too, but at the time the parents suggested that she do a different instrument. However I guess the requests have continued, so they felt it would be easier to just allow them both to take violin.

So what do you do about sibling competitiveness if there is any? On the one hand it would make practicing nicer for the mother, as she can kind of do it in a mini group formate.

Have you as teachers or parents out there had success in beginning siblings at the same time?

Your thoughts would be appreciated!

Joan said: Jun 26, 2008
24 posts

See this thread for some ideas on a similar situation I had in September:
(I decided to start both of them together.)

I’ll update the thread so people can see what the results have been. Basically, the advice everyone gave was helpful and there have been no problems with competitiveness between the girls. I’ll write more in the other thread.

Grace said: Jun 27, 2008
110 posts

I would say go for it. You can eventually have them playing duets and having a lot of fun with music.

Of course, every family is different, and you could have cases where the children are very competitive with each other. I had one family where the older sister really struggled with violin and the younger sister was a “natural”, so she eventually passed her older sister (they did not start at the same time). It was really hard on the older sister, so she eventually switched to viola, which was a great decision for everyone. But you can deal with that down the road if it even comes up.

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