FAQ: Parents of a Violin Student

How can I be involved in my child's progress?

  • Make sure your child arrives prompt and prepared for each lesson. 
  • Work with your child to create a “container” of time and space for practice. Find a place where distractions are minimized and time is sufficient, not rushed.
  • Be encouraging instead of demanding about practicing on a regular basis. If it seems a struggle, find a tradeoff where practice time is not sacrificed.
  • Listen to music - it’s the most important part of playing music!  Pass along music you enjoy to your child, pop in a CD in the car. Give music as a gift. 

What should my child be practicing?

  • At the end of each lesson, I will either send an lesson review recapping activities for the lesson, or will write on a sticky note exercises that your child can work on.  
  • Be creative about practice time:  Music listening, concerts and related music events can be considered a portion of practice time.  Ask me for other ideas.

How much time should my child be practicing?

  • Strive for DAILY practice times - at least 5 days a week - aiming for 20 minute for beginning students; 30 minutes once we start learning tunes.
  • Practicing in shorter duration, more frequently may be more beneficial to longer, grudging sessions when your child is less motivated .

What if I need to cancel a lesson?

  • E-MAIL or CALL me as soon as possible to let me know.  Make sure to refer to the Studio Policy handed out at the beginning of the year. If adequate notice is given, make an attempt to reschedule the lesson rather than surrendering it to be marked "Catch-up" or “Missed”. 
  • If there is an urgent cause for canceling (i.e. health, family emergency), I will consider marking or adding additional “Catch-up” lesson, though I am not obligated to do so.