Encouragement

As with language, the child’s effort to learn an instrument should be met with sincere praise and encouragement. Each child learns at his/her own rate, building on small steps so that each one can be mastered. Children are also encouraged to support each other’s efforts, fostering an attitude of generosity and cooperation. Parents, also, should work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment. Karin wants all of her students to feel encouraged to master each piece, not pressured or ridiculed. Positive remarks, even while correcting a mistake, are vital to her teaching.