Tuesday, May 20, 2008
What Did I Get Myself Into?
The kids have been taking violin for a couple months now. When I signed them up, I thought this will be a nice hour break for me. I could drop them off, run some errands with the little ones then come back and pick them up, ask how their lesson went and be on my merry way.
I figured as long as I was paying for lessons and getting them to class every Monday on time I was giving them the gift of music right? Wrong! I didn't know anything about violin when I signed the kids up.
First of all Violin teachers are very strict! Not on just the students but the parents as well. To be honest with you, she scares me!!!
Mrs. Hymel is very good at what she does, but I wasn't taking it too serious. I recently was lectured on how I needed to be. She uses the Suzuki approach, where an adult family member learns to play an instrument alongside the child and works with the child on a daily basis mastering the skills that are taught in individual instrumental lessons. Japanese educator Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998) called this adult the "home teacher."
Yep, you heard that I have to learn alongside the kids. This is not an hour break it's the hardest instrument to learn in my opinion.
Yesterday, during class, I was put on the spot. She asked me to stand up and show her what she just explained...(I think she noticed I was day dreaming) ummm (pregnant brain) I looked at Austin as if he could please send me a sign or whisper to me what I was to do... talk about embarrassing!