The quality of violin performance depends on the first teacher. When most teachers of music classes or music departments receive new students, the most common problem is "the students' foundation is not good". It often takes at least three months to a year to readjust the foundation; and every time students change teachers, they have to change their postures again, which is very frustrating for teachers and students.
The worst thing is that it takes a lot of time to adjust, and it may not be possible to cure the problem. Most of the problem is when learning the piano at the beginning.
If the foundation is not well laid at the beginning of learning, the posture is not really required, and some bad playing habits are developed, then these bad habits will be deeply ingrained into the students' playing style (stiff posture and tight movements are the most difficult common "diseases").
These habitual actions accumulated over a long period of time are as intractable as chronic diseases. From what I have heard and seen, there are many students and performers who cannot go higher because of this, and many talented people cannot become good performers because of this.
Therefore, no matter what our motivation for learning the violin is, we should not underestimate the importance of violin enlightenment education.
Misconception 1: Most people always think that children just have to try when they first start to see if they are interested and talented, so the teacher doesn’t need to look for a good one. Study hard, and then find a better teacher.
Misconception 2: Why can someone else learn some simple tunes after three weeks of learning, while the one in my family is still doing poses after two months of learning?
Misconception 3: When the teacher is in charge in class, it’s fine. When the child is at home, he can practice by himself. I’m very busy and I don’t have time to accompany him in class to practice the piano.
In fact, laying the foundation is the most indispensable part of life, study and work. Even if learning the piano is just a hobby, we should pay attention to the basics.
After laying the foundation, even playing simple little tunes can produce pleasant tones; without a good foundation, you can only make noises like "the screams of animals being ravaged", which is not at all. It can't achieve the effect of "emotional cultivation" and "cultivation of temperament".
A good foundation can allow those who love music to meet their spiritual needs in the performance of the violin, and also allow those who are talented and aspiring to play music to have the opportunity to shine.
Regardless of whether the motivation for learning the piano is to cultivate a hobby or to cultivate a performer, there is no distinction between "professional" and "amateur" in the requirements of the basic period.
"The wholehearted commitment of students and parents" and "professional, experienced and conscientious teachers" are the absolute elements for a "good start". From the very beginning of learning the piano, parents should hold the mentality of "since they want to learn, they should study hard, and don't let their children learn half-tone", and guide and instill the same concept in their children.
In the first half year of learning piano, the whole family should often go to concerts together, and play music at home often, so that music should become a part of the family's life first. In this way, children will regard piano learning as a matter related to real life, and will not have doubts (why should I learn this?) and rejection from the beginning.
After starting the class, parents should ask to take the class together with their children, so that they can not only understand the actual situation of teachers and students in class, and fully grasp the children's learning situation, but also can assist the children in their usual practice, so as to improve the efficiency of piano practice. ; Busy parents might as well consider "playing the violin with their children" as a rare family activity that parents and children can engage in together. Creating an environment conducive to music learning for children is beneficial to learning the piano and promoting parent-child relationships.
There are many piano teachers who do not emphasize the importance of "sparring". The playing movements of the violin family (big, medium, violin and double bass) are very complex. The two hands must perform independent and completely asymmetric movements at the same time, and must rely on extremely delicate muscle coordination. This feature is not found in all other instruments. Therefore, the difficulty of learning the violin is heightened.
It is difficult for anyone to master these movements, and the only way is to rely on repeated practice countless times, just like practicing shooting. Any seemingly simple action must have a standard posture, relaxed and flexible joints and muscles, and an accurate running trajectory. As long as any small part is not done well during the practice process, it is likely to develop for a lifetime. A bad habit that can't be changed.
Ordinary students are often unable to take into account so many "notes" at the same time when practicing. If someone can help him pay attention during practice and remind him of the missing parts from time to time, it can greatly reduce the chance of "more and more mistakes".
The most ideal person who can perform the task of "sparring" is parents, but remember that the purpose of sparring is to "help" children to solve problems and improve the efficiency of piano practice, not to "supervise" whether children are practicing seriously. I have always hoped that I could train a few teaching assistants to provide parents with coaching services, so that students would not be "unrecognizable" or even "regressed to zero" in class a week later!
I have been in the field of violin teaching for more than 25 years, and I found that there are very few teachers who teach beginners well. In addition, the general people have limited understanding of this aspect, so that after 20 to 30 years, the basic knowledge of violin Good students are still elusive. I really can't tell you how to find a good "beginner expert", but I can tell you that a teacher who has the following conditions is a beginner (note that I mean someone who can't play the piano at all, not someone who has already taken a class "beginners") should strongly avoid:
1. Teachers with no experience and poor foundation
Many music students are teaching the violin, but that doesn't mean they are capable of handling beginners, especially young children, because the music department doesn't have a course for violin teachers. Students in the music department still focus on schoolwork unless they start teaching piano very early and are already capable of giving student presentations, which means that he has accumulated considerable teaching experience.
There are also many music teachers who are not majoring in violin in the music department. Although I do not deny that there are many teachers who teach seriously, if even the students of the music department do not have a good foundation, let alone non-music A teacher with a degree.
The talented performer
Teaching must rely on a deep understanding of the learning process. Talented performers have achieved unparalleled achievements with their unique learning methods, but they have never experienced the stage of painstaking efforts and racking their brains to solve problems. Their learning experience cannot be applied to teaching at all, and they often fail to understand students "Why can't you do something so simple?" If they are not advanced in pedagogy, they are certainly not expected to be competent "beginner experts".
3. Busy teacher
Beginner violin students need very careful guidance from teachers. Teachers must be very careful and patient in class. Sometimes they should even set aside time to help students take a few more lessons or help with sparring. If a teacher has too many other students or too many foreign affairs, it will definitely consume a lot of energy and the quality of the class will be greatly reduced. For example, a person like me who performs thirty or forty times a year and also has eight schools It's not suitable for teaching beginners, although I have a lot of opinions on everyone's basics, but I can't find the time to do it myself, what a great irony!
I am most opposed to randomly finding an inappropriate teacher to learn piano in order to save money. Don't dream that learning the violin can be like learning the harmonica and playing the wind band, and you can easily make a song in two or three weeks. If you want to save money, don't learn the piano. If you want to learn the piano, you must respect a good teacher, a strict teacher, and learn in a disciplined, solid, and step-by-step manner. Even if it is a cheap teacher, it will cost three or four hundred for a class, and it takes time and money to learn real kung fu. It is better to use these costs to play other things.
Finally, I want to emphasize a very important concept – learning an instrument must not be rushed. Be sure to lay the foundation first. Each student's learning ability is different. Everyone should set the progress according to their own ability. Most of them are slow in the beginner stage. After the basic posture is established, they can start to learn many small pieces, as long as the foundation is solid. of students, the adaptation period must be relatively short when learning advanced skills.
Parents should not compare the progress and the degree with others. Look a little farther, "Striving for a lifetime, not a moment."
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