Lessons twice a week?

Sarah said: May 11, 2011
Suzuki Association Member
9 posts

I have a mother of 5-year old twin boys(they started when they were 3) who has recently informed me that she really struggles when it comes to practicing with them at home. She says they are not making much progress at home with her, and has asked that I consider teaching them twice a week instead of once. She feels they cooperate well with me at lessons, and “actually seem to enjoy the violin” when they are here. She feels they would progress more with spending extra time with me. Anyone else teach two lessons in one week? Any thoughts about this?
I may need to observe home lessons to get a better idea of what is going on.

Diane said: May 11, 2011
Diane AllenViolin
245 posts

I have a number of students that have taken 2 lessons a week. It’s wonderful. Progress happens and everything gets covered during the lessons. With older students 1 lesson will be technique the other repertoire. If the technique lesson (scales, etudes etc.) progresses quickly then we use the leftover time for repertoire—that’s motivation alone to do well on the technique!

With little ones lessons twice a week is my favorite. For example 4 year olds who have 15 minute lessons progress much quicker 2x per week @ 15 minutes.

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Barb said: May 16, 2011
Barb Ennis
Suzuki Association Member
678 posts

Lessons twice a week might be beneficial for the students, but I might worry about the root of the problem with home practice. It probably would be good to find out what is happening there either by observing in person or by video. In the long run there might be more benefit if you can offer the parent ideas for better practice times.

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