returning student

Sara said: Sep 1, 2009
 Violin
191 posts

I have a student that began violin at years old and took lessons for two years and then due to family hardships had to quit lessons. He is now 11 years old and has begun lessons with me. Because it has been so long he has basically forgotten everything. We have had to start completely over. But because he has already learned book one and part of book two I don’t want him to become discouraged on starting from the beginning again. I think he will move rather quickly because he has learned it before but if any of you have any thought on how to make it so he’s not feeling like a total beginner again….?

Thanks!

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Lynn said: Sep 2, 2009
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
173 posts

Why guess? If he’s 11, you and he can have a conversation about it. Maybe even explore what he remembers and what he’s forgotten.

Maybe he’ll feel “demoted”, to review Book 1, in which case you can negotiate a way to both do an in depth review and enter “new territory”; maybe it will make sense to him. If he’s 11, you can also begin music reading, so at the same time that he’s relearning his technique and repertoire, he’s adding another element.

Ruth Brons said: Sep 7, 2009
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Livingston, NJ
148 posts

What I have done is cases like this, either with a returning student or an inherited student, is to send the student home to work on three pieces [as a start]. We work a little bit on a piece where the student feels he or she should be, PLUS go back and review an old piece he or she remembers enjoying, PLUS go to the Twinkles.
Then I work forward from those three points until the gaps close.

Ruth Brons
Inventor of Bow Hold Buddies[tm] and CelloPhant[tm] Instant Bow Hold bow accessories
http://www.things4strings.com

Sara said: Sep 8, 2009
 Violin
191 posts

Thanks for your comments!! We did start some songs beyond twinkle and I am having him choose what we work on next and that seems to be working. Thanks!

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

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