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3 Ways to Motivate Young Violinists

3 Ways to Motivate Young Violinists

There’s no getting around it: violin can be an especially challenging instrument to learn. The hard work and dedication ARE worth it! But it requires a lot of motivation and passion. So here’s three ways you can help foster your child’s love of violin.

Listening

Try to listen to recordings of famous violin pieces with your child every day. The more the better! There’s two main reasons for this. The first is that development of good violin playing is dependent upon ear training. The second is that children are more motivated to learn the violin when there’s specific pieces they want to one day be able to play themselves. When a child has developed an appreciation for the music their instrument creates, it makes music learning a lot more fun and exciting for them.

Relevance

Help your child learn about the background of the music they’re learning and listening to. Acquiring and understanding of the context behind music and who created it helps provide a sense of relevance. It also helps with forging an emotional connection to a piece. For example, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are enjoyable enough on their own, but understanding how the sections of each piece correspond to specific sounds and images of the season makes the compositions into an experience. Young music learners who are taught how to appreciate the history and context of pieces like this are more motivated, and become more complete musicians.

Self Reflection

Encourage your child to ask themselves often, “Do I like the sounds I’m making with my violin?” Children often simply go through the motions when it comes through practice, and rely entirely on others to tell them if they’re playing well or correctly. When they’re encouraged to really listen to and analyze their own playing, they become more self sufficient musicians – and their playing will noticeably improve as well!

Encouragement!

Encourage your child as much as possible. Remind them how much you enjoy hearing them play, and how proud of them you are for the hard work they’re doing. This is probably the most important thing parents can do to help their children’s music learning. We’ll say it again: violin can be an especially challenging instrument. Mastering a piece can take years – even professional musicians will practice the same pieces over and over for decades! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and nobody masters Paganini’s Caprices without years of instruction and practice. So even if your child is struggling to learn a piece, make sure they know that it’s okay. Every violinist struggles to learn new pieces! And that just makes it so much better when they finally do get it right. Remember that positive support always gets the best results.