Fiddle Jam for Parents
"It's OK for my kid to do that?!" (re: whatever they want)
Yes! Not only good, but GREAT!! Don't worry though, we're not
saying that it's OK for your child to just sit around, goof-off, and
noodle for hours instead of quality practicing; but a good
balanced dose of daily improv, in an environment free of ANY
criticism*, and anything BUT positive encouragement, is where
your job becomes critical (for lack of a better term). In other
words: save your well meaning "corrections" for "Vivaldi." In
order to develop a strong authoritative connection to their own
inner creativity, we need this kind of atmosphere, and at home,
and only you can really create that.
Once they start to "own" it, it will become a part of their life
forever! …and, isn't that one of the main reasons you had them
start lessons in the first place?
Geoff is also happy to talk to Boosters organizations and
parents directly about the best ways to support your string kids Fiddle Jamming
*Note: Yes, let them make stuff up in ANY manner that they please during their
improv time... even if they are just enamored with croaking the bow like a frog!...
be patient, let them go, as soon enough they will tire of that (even if it seems that
they may never tire of it, at least they are building a wealth of experience that
music making is FUN!). Remember, there is a LOT more going on than mere
sound making in the study of music! ...especially in the youngest students.
Fiddle Jam materials present plenty of "cool" stuff they are almost guaranteed to
want to try when they are ready.
*****NEW Parent Training Program!
Coming soon to the Fiddle Jam Institute (for a small membership
fee) will be a new program that will teach parents how to "home
school" their young children using the fun Fiddle Jam Method
materials! This program is designed for those who may not be
able to find a suitable (re: fun & cool) teacher in their area; or had
a negative experience with an overly serious classical-only
teacher. Especially good for parents of students under the age of
8. No music experience needed!
On-demand video lessons will teach the parent how to play the
basics and suggest ways to keep it fun & fruitful for you and your
young child, based on Geoff's many years of teaching.
Don't worry... It's easier than you might think! You only need to
be barely one lesson ahead of them, and be willing to have fun
together with it. Famous methods like Suzuki actually require the
parent to do this ...but the Fiddle Jam Method is much more FUN!
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Institute to stay abreast of our newest developments!