“Our biggest problem is the kids don’t want to practice violin”

If you’re constantly nagging your kids to practice more, you’re working to solve the wrong problem.

The constant complaining won’t be solved by appeasement, by turning practice into games, by offering gold stickers and other such temporary bandaids. Those approaches only escalate into greater and greater concessions on your part.

No, the solution lies in changing your approach to practice. That begins by increasing your own involvement with and understanding of the process. When you do that, your kids will respond in kind.

True, it won’t happen overnight. But “do as I do, not what I say” definitely applies. And it’s much more effective than throwing your kids in a shark filled pool with the simple instruction of “swim, I’ll be back in 30 minutes.”

Bill Alpert

About the Author

Bill Alpert

Bill Alpert is a performer, teacher and author with a unique focus on personal development and mindfulness viewed through the lens of violin study. Mr. Alpert's resume includes recordings, performances and film scores with artists such as The Moody Blues, Pepe Romero, Tina Turner and Johnny Mathis. The co-founder of the award winning Alpert Studio of Voice and Violin in California, he is professionally active in the American String Teachers Association and the Suzuki Association of America.