As a violin teacher with very young students, I definitely see a role for parents, when it comes to getting a child to practice.
For example, if a child is younger than about nine years old, it's definitely up to the parents to help the child form a practice habit. If they are six or younger, parents likely will need to supervise - to help kids stay on target with their assignments as well.
In my own case, I started learning to play the violin just a few days before my ninth birthday. I'd insisted upon doing it, not my parents, and since I started at my public school, my parents did not have any great stakes in my sticking with it. But I did, and pretty soon they were paying for private lessons, but they did not force me to practice.
I do remember one time when I was quite young - I was lying down on the floor, and my mother observed, "I don't think you are supposed to lie on the floor to practice..." This was the extent of her intervention in my practicing!
Would I have practiced more, had my parents pestered me to practice? Good question. I might have rebelled! As it was, I took responsibility for the whole violin adventure, and I knew it was up to me to either get good at it or not. So I practiced without supervision or being asked to do so!
What was your story? Did your parents make you practice? Did either parent supervise your practice? Maybe you started as an adult, so your parents were not involved at all? Do you wish there had been more, or less parent involvement? Please choose the answer that is closest to your situation and then tell us all about it in the comments.
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