A Parent’s Guide for Violin or Viola Playing Children

by | Feb 25, 2015 | Start to Play | 1 comment

You might be watching Violin Lounge TV not because you play the violin or viola yourself, but because your child is a young violinist or violist.

You have a very important task as a parent.

In this episode I give you some advice what you as a parent can do to maximize your child’s results and motivation in the violin or viola lesson.

 Tip 1: Be there in the lesson and listen.

In my teaching studio I have experienced that the students whose parents are very involved and interested get better results. Some parents walk away as soon as the lesson starts and pick up their child later. They don’t know what is going on and are not able to guide their child in practicing.

You can support your child in a great way by taking that half an hour and beging present in the lesson. Your child will get more from the lesson.

However, never interfere in the lesson. That absolutely doesn’t help and disturbs the teaching process. Let the teacher do his/her job. You don’t know everything the teacher has in his/her lesson plan. In the violin lesson there is a lot more going on than you see at first sight.

Tip 2: Realize that your role is vital for your child’s progress on the violin or viola.

Children are not capable to do their homework independently. It’s difficult to learn to play the violin or viola and the journey is very long. Your child is too young to do it all by themselves. Your help and support means a lot to them.

Ideally take some violin lessons yourself, so you know some basics and know how it’s like and how it feels. In this way you can sometimes correct your child… however don’t overdo it.

Tip 3: Guide your child while practicing.

You know how it is to study. A child might sometimes just fool around and ignore the homework. You can give some guidance.

Tip 4: Realize children can’t plan! 

Yup, their brains are simply not capable to plan just yet. It’s your responsibility to take care that your child practices daily. Don’t blame the teacher or your child when he/she practices too little. This one is really your job.

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Tip 5: There is a lot more going on in the lesson than you see at first sight.

Talk to the teacher once in a while about your child’s progress. The teacher can tell you about the goals, struggles and bigger plan. When you understand the bigger plan, you can guide your child better in practicing.

Tip 6: Don’t give up quickly.

It takes many years of practicing and lessons to have the basics solid. The journey is fun, but it’s a long term thing. You can’t try out playing the violin or viola just a couple of lessons. It takes years before you actually really know what it is like. Keep your child motivated for at least a year… that’s giving the violin or viola a fair chance.

Your role is very important. There has to be a triangle between the teacher, the student and the parent to make the student succeed. 

I hope this video helps you fulfilling your role as a violin or viola parent.

Please share this video with as many parents with violin or viola playing children you know.

Is this video helpful to you? Please let me know in the comments below! If you like it, share it with your friends!



PS: Do you have questions or struggles on violin or viola playing? Post a comment below or send an e-mail to info@violinlounge.com and I might dedicate a Violin Lounge TV episode to answering your question!

1 Comment

  1. Sylviane

    Dear Zlata,
    Thank you for the wonderful video. What you describe is very similar to the Suzuki method, and very true indeed!
    I am a Suzuki parent, my daughter is now entering her 5th year playing violin, and I tried everything that you described on your video. I just want to add that the journey is not always fun, especially when you have to explain to a very young child how important the daily practice is. But I admit that the result is amazing! I also took violin lesson when she started at 4 years old, I don’t take lesson anymore due to budget and time but I still play with her. I can’t play as fast as her, and my vibrato is awful but I am doing my best to be her practice buddy, to make sure that she gets the right intonation, the right beat and to do the best she can.
    Thank you Zlata for sharing this information, and to all parents out there, don’t give up, like Zlata said, keep on going, do it from your heart!


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