Violin Training Methods Accused of "Missing the Motivational Mark"
A new book recalls the 'conversations from Mr. B.'s basement' while getting parents of violinists to reconsider traditional learning methods, such as Suzuki Method, classical training, and the way teachers motivate musical learning.
By: Sparse Group
Through a conversation-
Hanes is a provider of education to individuals and groups for the past 25 years. His education began with a not-so-traditional approach: a mixture of coaching from the Suzuki school books and self-published works by "Mr. B," a real educator in his early years.
The book attempts to find some missing pieces in traditional violin learning. Among traditional schools of musical learning is Suzuki Method. Arising from Japan in the mid-1900's, now a worldwide 'accepted' school, Hanes may make enemies of his book from the first few pages.
Without question, Hanes' approach in "Get Your Child to Practice..." errs on the side of challenging motivational methods, like "begging and bribing" to get students to practice.
The methods described in the handbook are sometimes hidden. For himself, the discovery of keys to performance advancement happened during a situation he found himself in nearly 20 years ago.
"I threw away my violin scholarship to the local university, to follow my girlfriend to another college. I had no job, no gas money, no financial help from parents, and needless to say, no money for lessons. Therein lies the key to what happened nearly 12 months later," Hanes says.
"I transferred back to the first university after a year of college. When I performed my piece to the same scholarship panel, what my professor said shocked me. And that is what this book is all about, and how it as well as other attitudes changed my life and performance quality."
In short, Hanes says this book "cures the need for pushing and bribing which usually plagues violin families, resulting in quitting the instrument prematurely."
Notes: Brooks D. Hanes is the author of "Get Your Child to Magically Pick Up and Practice the Violin or Any Other Instrument Multiple Times Each Day Without Begging or Bribing (and Other Lessons from Mr. B.’s Basement)," available for review and purchase at his violin website store.