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 Violin One on One

Introduction to the Violin

Violin vs Fiddle

Violin vs Viloa

Huminity and Violin

The Right size Violin for Children

 Parent's Guide to Music Lessons

How can I get my child to practice?

When Should Children Start Music Lessons?

Children and Music Talent

What Instrument to choose?

Finding a Music Teacher

Finding an Instrument

Once Lessons Have Begun

Guide to Great Music Practice


STEP 1 - Set Goals

STEP 2 - Set Practice Time

STEP 3 - Warm Up

STEP 4 - Work on It

STEP 5 - Cool Down

STEP 6 - Evaluate

 Music Know how

Music Business Knowhow

Avoid being Nervous

Good intonation in string playing

Music Teacher and Shops

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What You Should Do Once Lessons Have Begun

Your child's teacher should make clear things like how often and how long your child should practice as well as practical things like payment schedules and no-show policies. If not, ask! (You may find some useful suggestions in A Guide to Great Home Music Practice.)

If you are considering Suzuki lessons, be aware that you will be expected to actively participate in your child's daily practices.

No musical knowledge is required on your part, just time. Most other methods only require you to make sure that your child does practice. (You are the best judge of how to do this; whether incentives, reminders, or regular schedules are the way to go varies from one child to the next.)

Remember that keeping to the teacher's suggested practice schedule is very important. Nobody can learn to play an instrument if they play only once or twice a week; if this is what is happening, there is not much the teacher will be able to do to help your child improve.

Mention any other requirements your teacher has. Check warranties and return policies carefully.
Catherine Schmidt-Jones

You don't need to complement every sound that comes from your child's instrument, but do try to be encouraging, especially when you do hear something you like.

It is the teacher's job, not yours, to listen critically.

Don't be afraid to discuss potential problems with the teacher, especially if your child can't or won't. Most children will have some resistance to practicing and some "performance anxiety" about lessons.

But it is not normal for practice time to be miserable or for your child to be terrified of the teacher; if this is the case, insist on some changes or find a different teacher or even a different instrument.

Music lessons can and should be an introduction to a lifelong enjoyment of music.

Catherine Schmidt-Jones attended Rice University, completing a B.A. in chemistry as well as the B. Music and M. Music. Currently teaching brass and guitar privately. Further information can be found at connexions.