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    musicalmarie1
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    I’ve been playing for a long time and I actually teach private violin lessons. My oldest is three and shows a lot of interest in my violin. I’ve never taught anyone so young so I was wondering what method I should use or if anyone has any experience with little ones!

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    Meg
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    My suggestion is the Suzuki method. She would learn to play by memorizing the songs starting with Twinkle, Twinkle, since she is probably too young to learn how the read the music yet. You can buy the books on amazon.com, young-musicians.com or sharmusic.com. You can get just the book or the book with a CD if you want to spend the extra money. I was in a Suzuki class myself with kids as young as she is, all the way up to high school.

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    Lnphappy
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    I have two kids (2 and 5). What age would you recommend them for starting violin? I’m too new myself to teach them so would have to get them lessons. I was looking at the Suzuki method or the O’Connor method I just discovered.
    Thanks!

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    Meg
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    I only know about the Suzuki method, having started that way. You can google Suzuki teachers and find one in your area. I am not familiar with the O’Connor method. You should ask Michael about that. I would think 2 years might be too young but you could start with the 5 year old and see if the 2 year old shows any interest. You can probably rent an instrument and trade it up for a larger size as the child grows. I like the Suzuki method personally because they involve the parents and several of the parents of the kids in my group class learned to play violin along with their kids.

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    Elizabeth Davis
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    The key with working with very young kids is to remember it’s going to be HARD for them to focus for very long periods of time. Even a half hour lesson can be too much for a typical 3-5 year old – make sure you find a teacher who is used to working with very young students!

    I usually work with kids 6 or older, and even some of the 6-8 year olds’ attention can wane after 20-25 minutes.

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