Did I do the right thing?

Sara said: Sep 9, 2009
191 posts

Hello out there. I had a concert in the park scheduled for this Thursday but because I have had such poor attendance at group lessons recently I decided that most of my students really were not prepared so I canceled it in place of another group lesson. Maybe it’s just because I have a hard time with change that I am feeling funny about it. Should I have gone ahead with it and let be whatever came of it? Just wondering for similar happenings in the future…

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

Diane said: Sep 9, 2009
Diane AllenViolin
245 posts


A bad concert or recital experience can take years to heal from and send adults to therapy!

I’m super careful and cautious with kids when they perform in public. My younger students perform in a group at recitals until they tell me they are ready to go solo. Usually they get to the point of begging me and then I know they are ready. Also at my recitals I always program the concert order so that anyone who performs solo will get the chance to play in a group prior to the solo to get their ya ya’s out.

Here’s a related download you can give to kids before their next concert!

Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

Sara said: Sep 9, 2009
191 posts

Thanks so much for your link! That was very helpful.

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

Barb said: Sep 11, 2009
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
678 posts

Thanks for sharing that download, Diane. You should put your name and website reference on it and any downloads. If I were to distribute it to my students I don’t want to unfairly take credit (even if I tell them where I got it, they may find it in their books years later and think of it as my words).

PS—I had one of those recitals where I had to perform a piece that was not ready at age 12 or 13. Scarred for life, I tell you!

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