I thought it might be fun to post some pictures of the boys and their violins! Both of the older boys started violin at the age of 4 1/2. It was very natural for us, because I am a violin teacher! I have taught private lessons for the past 10 years, and just “retired” from 6 years of teaching at a local private school (homeschooling plus a new baby meant it was time to step back!).
I started Suzuki violin lessons when I was 10. I started with Suzuki piano at age 5, and when we moved to Texas, we started lessons with a piano teacher who also taught violin. I watched kids finishing up their lessons when we arrived, and I was instantly hooked! My boys don’t exactly share my love for violin, but I think that there are a lot of benefits to learning it anyway. They all definitely enjoy music, and when they are older, they will be able to switch instruments if they want to. I am hoping that at least one of them will decide to do the cello!
We have been doing lessons at home, but I have also taken Aidan to a really wonderful Suzuki teacher in Dallas for a few lessons. I’d like to take him some more this summer, and have Gresham do a few lessons, too. It is really motivating for them to play for someone else besides mom!
- Increased ability to concentrate
- Development of rhythm and pitch
- Increased coordination
- Increased ability to stick with something even when it’s hard
- Enjoyment of playing in a group or orchestra
- Opportunities for service – like playing Christmas carols for residents of a nursing home
- Enriched family life – it’s fun to enjoy music together!
Do your kids do music lessons? What benefits do you see?