E and A string concerto

Miriam said: Oct 6, 2009
 4 posts

Hi all,

My daughter has been playing since May or so. She is doing well and is taking group classes too. One thing I find difficult is the fact that I never played any instrument. However, I am not letting this be a problem on my child’s progress. I am trying to learn as much as I can to help her. One thing she really enjoys is to have the teacher play the piano while she plays the violin. Of course, during our daily practice she plays alone. I asked the teacher for a copy of the E and A string concerto. The copy she gave me is not really clear and since I do not play piano either it has helped in nothing. So, questions are: where can I get a very clear copy? Where can I get a bird’s eye view on how to play these concertos? My husband can ready music somewhat, but since our copy is not very good, it did not help me much. :(
Can anyone here give me help?
Thanks. Be well

Laura said: Oct 7, 2009
Suzuki Association Member
358 posts

Unforunately I cannot help you with the piece of music you are looking for, but I couldn’t help but post up a word of encouragement for you!

Despite having no previous music background, you can be (and likely are already) a very effective Suzuki parent. Sometimes, parents like you become the best Suzuki parents, because you try extra hard to learn every detail the teacher shows your daughter, and you don’t have any other (sometimes unrealistic) expecations.

Even if you don’t play, you can learn everything your daughter learns in your mind and in your heart—and that is what will benefit her the most. Your child might end up playing circles around you, but don’t worry about that. You will connect with everything she is doing anyway, even if you don’t end up doing it yourself. Enjoy and appreciate the Suzuki CDs for the beautifully presented music that they are, and enjoy and appreciate other violin music too. (It’s not just an chore to listen, in other words.) That will also rub off on both of you and enhance her musical development even more.

Yes, I have seen this happen many, many times over. It is magical. I have also seen it when parents who think they don’t know anything about music retain this fear and never try to learning enough to help their child. But it doesn’t have to be like that—so go for it! :)

Miriam said: Oct 9, 2009
 4 posts

Thank you for your words of support and encouragement. I hope I can be indeed and effective parent on her learning experience and try to make the most out of it. I am learning as I go along. Nonetheless I would love to learn to play the piece for her, but again, this is just the start and then I will have to learn lots more. Maybe I will just get myself a violin to play along with her. Huh, that’s an idea.

Thanks again. Be well


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