Everything Your Child Needs to Play the Violin

If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume that your child just told you they want to play the violin. This is an exciting time! But if you’ve never played violin yourself, you may feel lost on where to start! I want to share my list for beginners of everything your child needs to play the violin. 

Of course, the main thing your child will need before starting lessons is a violin. Luckily, I have a free violin buyer’s guide that explains how to buy a good violin...

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Ditching Mediocrity and Pursuing Excellence

If you would like to help your child tap into a level of excellence they haven’t even considered possible, I have some foolproof recommendations that can help you keep your child motivated, successful, and best of all, excited about playing the violin. 

 

#1 – Understand the Purpose of Practicing

One of the biggest barriers between your child and excellence at the violin is a misunderstanding of what practice is for. If they think that practicing is only a way to...

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What to look for when choosing a violin teacher for your child

Depending on where you live, a high-quality music teacher may be an hour away or more, which is very important to consider if your child or children are involved in other extracurricular activities as well as music.

 

I don’t know about you, but the idea of spending an additional 3 hours in my car driving to and from the lesson and waiting for my child while they’re in their class doesn’t sound like a lot of fun.

 

I know you’d do that for your child - but...

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Learn 3 things that make practicing consistent fun and motivating for your child!

Has your child said, “Mom, can we do this all week?” when practicing violin? Learn 3 things that make practicing consistent fun and motivating for your child!

 

I want to honor you for being here! Thank you for taking the time to learn about ways that you can help encourage your child to practice violin. If you have been here before, you know that I love to spread the goodness of music and want to help children to learn the violin, while also building confidence and learning...

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Music has the ability to GROW your child’s brain: 3 ways learning the violin will improve your child’s academic performance

You know, the more I learn, the more I’m grateful and excited to be teaching violin! There are so many amazing research studies out there that show how learning violin can help you throughout your life. 

 

If you have been here before, then you know that I want to light the world through music. By teaching children about violin, we help build confidence, teach life skills that move with them throughout life, and focus on academic achievement - this means the ability to take...

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How to motivate your child to practice

Motivating your child to practice consistently can be a struggle.

I’ve been teaching music for over 25 years and I’ve learned a lot both from my students as well as from my 7 children as to what works and what doesn’t.

I know that the word “practicing” can have a heavy feeling associated with it, especially for children.

The great news is that there are lots of easy things you can do that will create the internal drive and motivation within your child to want to...

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Solving Your Practice Problems for Good

 

Do you ever feel like it is just way too hard to get your kid to practice their instrument enough? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This is one of the most common problems parents face when their children are taking music lessons.

 

Unfortunately, practice-related problems will just persist if you don’t have the right view of practicing, and pass it on to your children. If you aren’t sure, a good question to ask yourself is, “What is my top reason of...

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How can my child learn music faster

Yes, all of our seven children play a musical instrument, but not all of them play the violin.

 

Even though they all get some benefit of having someone with a musical background to help them along their journey, these three strategies I'm going to share with you will work even if you don't play an instrument yourself.

 

One of the main worries I hear from parents is that they wonder if they'll be able to support their child as they learn the violin if they don't play a musical...

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Parent Nugget:🎉 Have Fun! 🎉

 

Your job this week is to HAVE FUN through the process!

Dr. Suzuki said, "An unlimited amount of ability can be developed when parent and child are having fun".

 Suggestions for implementation:

  • Fruit snacks or favorite treat
  • Make it random
  • Find things that your child likes and incorporate into practice (i.e. cow ball bowling example)
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Parent Nugget:🎻 Transitions! 🎻

 

Too often we wait until we are completely depleted to "sharpen the saw".   One key to sustaining high energy, brain clarity, and motivation throughout the day is to be intentional about transitions.  

Key tips:

  • Set a timer for 50 minutes.  When it goes off, stop whatever you are doing and take a break.
  • Breathing, drinking, eating, and stretching in regular intervals can keep your energy levels high throughout the day.
  • Put yourself first, then you will have...
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