Remember me? I posted saying I was nervous about starting my first pre-twinkler.
Now, Andy (that pre-twinkler) is learning ti ti ti ti ta ta and 1 2 sh 4 on the real violin and can play the Monkey song when doing partnering with me or his dad. He loves it SO much - you can tell that he LIKES to practice.
I have also had two students transfer from another University student to me. I've had 3 lessons with the 6 year old girl and 1 with the 5 year old boy. Both don't really enjoy practice and have AWFUL posture. I feel like they can pick out things but not well and shouldn't have gone as fast as they did. The 6 year old is a struggle (she has an additude, gets mad at mom, tells me she doesn't want to play the violin anymore that day, etc.) but with a few creative activities, I've gotten her variations on the open A and E to sound much better and have gotten her to smile. The little boy when he first came into the room kept running around. Neither of the transfers use the foot chart anymore, so I had him stand on pennies and if I didn't see them, he got to keep them. I never saw them and he worked very well. His mom said it was the best time he'd ever focused. I have fallen in love with teaching 5-6 year olds even though I came here with intentions of teaching middle school orchestra.
~Here's the dillema~
Because I'm a student at this university, I tend to go home in the summer. I have an orchestra camp I teach at and about 10 students who only take lessons in the summer with me. My university is in the next state..about 230 miles away so I will not be able to teach this summer here. I am planning on giving the kids activity sheets so they keep playing and maybe coming into town once or twice, but I have many obligations at home. The dillemma is that I just got an email from a mom who wants to start her five year old. I'll only be in Point for 5-6 more weeks and then I'll be gone for the summer. At that point, he'll probably be frustrated he hasn't gotten to play yet and not want to play in the fall. Should I start the mom with parent education, give them instructions for listening and hope that the parent can keep his interest up in the summer? I wish I could drive in (3 1/2 hours isn't THAT bad), but with gas prices rising, the money I earn teaching wouldn't cover gas. What to do?!!