reading music at age 6


Bong-Seong said: Jan 6, 2007
 2 posts

My son just turned six and is part way through book 2 suzuki violin. He recently started note reading and gets very upset when it is time to play from his note reading book. Although it seems he does not stuggle very much, he gets very upset at having to play lines from his note reading book. His teacher would like him to start in a note reading/chorus (combined) class where he would be the least experienced in the group. He has just started his note reading book a few weeks ago. My question is, when is the right time to start a note reading/chorus class. Is it normal to have note reading and chorus combined? How can I make note reading more fun for my child? Because he is only six I want to make this a fun experience for him and I am afraid to put him in a chorus/notereading class where he will be the youngest and least experienced.

thanks for any feed back

Kirsten said: Jan 6, 2007
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Unless he is a whole lot younger than the other kids, it would be great to encourage him to try. If the class has a bunch of 10 and 12 year olds, you might have reservations. If the other kids are just a couple of years older, why not try it out?

It is fine to be less experienced than the others and also to be younger. If you don’t worry, he can relax a bit too.

As far as making reading fun goes, there is only one way. You need to get competent. Experience creates competence.

The right time to begin note reading varies a great deal depending on the student and the teacher. Your son’s teacher is the right person to decide, and will of course appreciate your observations at home and may make decisions based on your input. Call the teacher or send an e-mail to mention any struggles at home.

I hope this helps.


Bong-Seong said: Jan 8, 2007
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Thank you very much for your reply. It helped a lot and I feel much better now. I think a bunch of the kids in the chorus are ten and twelve, but I am sure there are some that are younger. I made a chart and each day my son plays four lines of reading notes he gets to place 4 stars on his chart. At the end of the week if he has 28 stars, he can go to the video store and buy a used nintendo game. And on any given day if he is behind on stars, he can catch up by doing more line…just to make sure he is successful each week. It is a bribe, but let me tell you how great it worked. My son is much more receptive to doing this part of his lesson and gets very excited about his stars. He is also picking up then note reading very quickly and I think that once he can join a class and see a purpose to the note reading he will be much happier. Hopefully he will have as much enjoyment about his ability to read notes as he does with playing his music as he has been. thanks again for your reply. Nice to know someone out there is so helpful.

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