The violin is one of the most widespread bowed instruments, and its artistic expression is extremely rich. It is not only an ideal solo instrument, but also dominates many ensembles and repertoire. The violin plays 1/3 of the players in large symphony orchestras.
Q:Is my child suitable to learn violin?
A: Any child with normal hand development and no hearing impairment can learn.
Q:At what age is it appropriate to start learning?
A:In people's mind, violin seems to be closely related to "child's work". Throughout history, most of the famous players in China and abroad started to learn the violin at the age of 3-6 years old, with 4-5 years old being the most common and 7-8 years old individually. Children are generally better off learning the violin from the age of 5 to 6. At this time, the child's movements are relatively mature, and the child's refinement and coordination are relatively good. Around the age of 6, children's ability to master pitch and rhythm, understanding and persistence are further enhanced, and they can begin to learn to read music and develop good habits of practicing on time.
In fact, for children who want to learn violin, it is not too late to start learning at any age, if only as a hobby and not on a professional path. Older children have a better understanding and will accept it faster than younger children at the beginning of the learning process, so parents don't need to worry too much about the age to start learning!
Q:How long is each practice session?
A: Preschoolers generally have less than 30 minutes to focus their attention, so it is best to limit each practice session to about 30 minutes. Children in this age group are usually in kindergarten and practice mainly after they return home. If you want your child to practice for more than half an hour a day, it is best to divide it into two sessions, interspersed with some related music appreciation, or to let your child relax with some games. Gradually agree with your child on a daily practice time slot, or agree on the specific content of that day's practice according to the progress of the lesson, such as which section of the score to practice, and adjust it if you encounter special circumstances.
#Good ways to get your child to fall in love with the violin
Be patient with your child through the beginning stages
It is rare for a child to express how much he or she enjoys the violin during the learning process. As long as your child is happy to attend lessons, listens attentively, cooperates actively with the teacher's requests, and practices with his or her parents outside of class, you know that your child enjoys it. The main content of the beginning stage is to learn the music, posture and other basic methods, and only when the child can play a tune that he or she is familiar with, the interest will increase significantly. Therefore, parents should not be in a hurry, but should be patient with their children and encourage them as they progress from not knowing how to play, so that they can feel a sense of accomplishment, and they can easily enjoy violin.
First of all, pay attention to maintaining the correct posture
If the posture is not right, the sound will not sound good. For the first time, you can let your child hold the bow with a full grip and find the right position of the four fingers other than the right thumb first, and then put the thumb in the correct position after the four fingers are mastered.
Break down the problems in practice to solve them
Don't correct several mistakes at the same time, otherwise it will not only be ineffective, but will also easily dampen your child's interest in learning the piano.
Give your child more opportunities to showcase his or her talents
The violin is portable and easy to perform, which is good for children to show their talent, which has a positive effect on maintaining interest. Many children who have studied the violin for many years say flatly that they do not like to practice, but they like to perform. Parents can provide their children with the opportunity to play in front of relatives, friends, and peers as appropriate, and the resulting sense of accomplishment and honor can provide a lasting impetus for children to persist in learning the violin. If you can, actively encourage your child to play with other children who are learning the piano, the effect will be even better.
Sparring among children is often twice as effective
You should encourage your child to participate in class, school, or district competitions, because this is a good opportunity for your child to receive spiritual rewards for his or her efforts. When you see other children playing better than you, your child will be unconvinced or envious. If you can guide them skillfully, this discontent and envy can become the motivation for children to learn the piano. If children communicate with each other, listen to others play more, see their own shortcomings, and then get timely guidance from teachers and parents, they can often get twice the result with half the effort.
How to guide your child to practice at home
Look at your child's progress with an open mind
Learning the piano and music requires long-term perseverance and cannot be achieved in a short period of time. If you want your child to learn the piano, you need to be mentally prepared to persevere. You should practice with your child once a week for 30 minutes or one hour a day. It is difficult to see any significant improvement in one or two lessons. During lessons, the teacher's main purpose is to correct your child's mistakes and instruct him/her on new techniques, so what parents hear during lessons is that the teacher is instructing and correcting what your child is not doing. Only when you look back over a longer period of time, such as six months or a year, can you see the extent of your child's progress and the accumulation of his or her learning.
Provide a musical environment that is conducive to broadening your child's horizons
Parents can let their children learn about world-famous violinists and the rich and interesting history of Western music by letting them attend concerts, watch music-related books and TV programs, etc. These can help children feel the joy of learning the violin from different perspectives. The music of many Disney animated films that children like is also very good, such as "The Cat and the Mouse", there is an episode where the cat plays the piano and the mouse comes to make trouble, and the cat plays Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2", and the music pictures match the plot perfectly, which is wonderful.
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