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Rethinking Music Education for Children: Listening to Their Passions and Interests

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When a child falls ill for a few days and stops practicing the violin, it can often lead to a loss of enthusiasm for the instrument. In this particular case, the child was encouraged to select one of the most difficult instruments to play, without possessing the necessary passion and dedication to pursue it. As a result, progress over the past three to four years has been slow, and it seems more advisable to let go of this pursuit rather than trying to persist out of a misplaced sense of obligation. Furthermore, with no prospects of finding a musical group to play in, there are no external factors propelling the child’s musical education forward.

Now that the child is entering middle school, there are other activities available, such as vocal training, dance, or joining a school band. The impending question is whether it is feasible for a fourth-grade student to switch to another instrument, such as vocal training.

The child’s own inclination is that practicing the violin does not bring about happiness in the same way that playing ball does, which is an activity that promotes enthusiasm and joy, unlike learning the violin that required coercion from the parents. Moreover, the child’s creative interests are best expressed through drawing, painting, and writing calligraphy using both soft and hard pens. Besides, literature and reading are subjects that excite the child, who also wishes to develop these interests further.

Finally, it is beneficial to consider parental involvement in the practice of the violin. Parents are required to help their child with practice and are therefore unable to invest time in any other activities. This has led the family to prefer spending time reading together rather than engaging in violin practice.

The decision to quit practicing the violin will undoubtedly be a difficult one for the parents. Still, it is critical to note that the child’s enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity should always be a priority. Changing hobbies and interests are natural parts of growing up, and parents should encourage their children to pursue what they are most inclined towards in life.

Looking forward, the child can benefit significantly from creative endeavors such as drawing, painting, literature, or calligraphy. These activities offer an excellent avenue for self-expression, widen their worldview, and allow for the development of skills and interests that may prove practical and useful far beyond academic achievement.

Regarding the possibility of switching to vocal training, it is essential to note that this is ultimately up to the child’s interests and enthusiasm. Although starting vocal training at a young age can be beneficial, this is only significant when the child is excited about the prospect. If not, it’s best to avoid putting children in situations they do not find appealing, which ultimately leads to frustration.

The decision to give up playing the violin due to disinterest and lack of passion is a reasonable and valid consideration. In all likelihood, the child’s interests and happiness should be supported by parents above all else. With many other activities and interests to explore, giving up one hobby does not spell the end; it presents opportunities that are as exciting, if not more so, and that will ultimately help develop the child’s creativity and foster their natural talents.

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