My 6yo has really wanted to play the violin, and wonder of wonders, we found an excellent teacher who lives about a block away. But like most kids, she’s not too thrilled about practice. I got tired of fighting the reluctance and lousy attitude, and discipline only seemed to make the experience more unpleasant. Finally I struck on a combination that worked for me. I made a little chart with different elements of good practice (holds, note clarity, stance, remembering the songs, and good attitude), and columns for each day of the week. Each day she got a sticker for each thing she did properly…one for good attitude, for example, one for correct bow hold, and so forth. At the end of the week, if she had enough stickers (at least 3 per day) she and I got to have a tea party together with my real china tea set. She has so looked forward to that tea party! Her teacher said, “I don’t know what you’re doing, but it’s working.” Practice has become a joy instead of a struggle.
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