It would be hard to overstate the importance of motivation in learning the violin. Because learning the violin is a discretionary activity, without the effort and motivation of the child, the task is nearly impossible.
Most parents will provide support for learning music (when available and affordable) providing that their child has enough motivation.
The area that motivation reveals itself most clearly is a child’s willingness to practice. The basic arrangement most parents make with their child is that, if a child is taking violin lessons, then the student will practice.
And the biggest fear for parents getting ready to start their child in music is managing practice. No parent relishes the idea of having to make their child practice. For most parents, the monetary expense of violin lessons is plenty cost enough without having to cajole their child to practice.
Yet, even the most motivated of violin students will lose energy at some point. Learning the nature of motivation and how to manage it is a supplemental benefit of learning violin. Over the next few posts, I will talk about motivation and how it intersects and influences how students learn the violin. Stay tuned.