Big disaster.

Irene said: Sep 9, 2010
Irene YeongViolin
160 posts

So far, I’ve practise the violin on my own and my 2 yo will come and interrupt. Then I’ll guide her. What we did was just.. bow on A string, count 1- 10, then start playing the A string like 10 times. Then again, bow on A string, count 1- 10, then start playing. It’s been working well so far, but just now, it was a big disaster. We practise twice and then she refused to play the violin. I was okay.. you can stop but mummy need to practise and she cried hysterically, I mean really ,, really bad , lying on the floor, face all red, kicking feet that type. I continued playing violin, sometimes stopping to hug her, tell her I love her but mummy needs to practise but she still keep crying terribly..
I continued playing, sometimes, reassuring her, but still I continue playing and she continued to cry until I finish practising. Then I played Carpenter’s “Close to you” listen to it, carried her and danced along then she was alright..

Gosh, she hates the violin! I’ve never made her practise, only when she comes to me wanna play my violin , then I guide her , or when she plays her own 1/32, I would correct her, but I keep the correction to the minimum.

What to do???

Christine said: Sep 9, 2010
Christine Goodner
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
68 posts

How frustrating! Please don’t get discouraged! I sounds like you are approaching things the right way. It may be that she just wants your attention while you are practicing.

Are you working with a violin teacher? Perhaps your teacher will have some good ideas for you.

My first thought is to make sure that you pick a time for your own practice when your daughter isn’t hungry or tired. You may also want to spend some quality time with her first doing something she likes and then start your practice. Maybe even give your daughter a special activity to do during your practice time (like a special coloring book or set of toys that only come out when you practice). This way she has something special to do and she is also hearing you play, and hopefully getting motivated to want to play herself.

Let us know how it goes!!

Christine in OR
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Christine Goodner

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Blog: The Suzuki Triangle

“When Love is Deep, Much can be Accomplished” ~ Suzuki

Irene said: Sep 9, 2010
Irene YeongViolin
160 posts

Suzukitriangle, thanks for your feedback. Not many ppl start their kids on violin at this age, I am so glad to have found this forum and someone to discuss with.
I think it could be the dvd. Usually I let her watch one dvd before I start practising violin, I think she was upset, or I am hoping that she is upset because of that. The next time, I’ll be sure to let her watch one dvd before practising. She watches for half an hour, either Leapfrog, Little Pim or other chinese poetry songs.
I’ll check with her violin teacher and see if she would recommend a 1/16 for her.

Christine said: Sep 9, 2010
Christine Goodner
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
68 posts

I do think, for very young children, routine is comforting and can help a lot. So, as much as you can stick to the same routine (so a child knows what to expect) the better. There are always days where that is not possible—but if that day is a hard practice you can see a pattern and understand why.

Christine in OR
http://www.suzukitriangle.wordpress.com

Christine Goodner

Studio Website: Brookside Suzuki Strings

Blog: The Suzuki Triangle

“When Love is Deep, Much can be Accomplished” ~ Suzuki

Irene said: Sep 10, 2010
Irene YeongViolin
160 posts

last night, i let her watch dvd before i start my violin practice. sure enough, during the practice she came to me and wanted to play the violin… phew…
lesson learned—never overlook a child’s routine, however trivial it may seems. :)

Christine said: Sep 13, 2010
Christine Goodner
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Hillsboro, OR
68 posts

Yay! Glad things are going better :)

Christine in OR
http://www.suzukitriangle.wordpress.com

Christine Goodner

Studio Website: Brookside Suzuki Strings

Blog: The Suzuki Triangle

“When Love is Deep, Much can be Accomplished” ~ Suzuki

Irene said: Sep 15, 2010
Irene YeongViolin
160 posts

if the mother tongue approach is so natural. why is it such a struggle sometimes?

Jennifer Visick said: Sep 16, 2010
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

Who ever said that children don’t struggle to learn their mother tongue? “Natural” does not mean there are no struggles.

Irene said: Sep 16, 2010
Irene YeongViolin
160 posts

Perhaps something like breastfeeding, natural but could be still a struggle for some people. I am one of those people.

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