An open letter to one parent:Parents will ask such questions as "My child is five and wants to learn the violin. Is that too early?"
This is a profound question.
The place to begin is with you. Consider this. You can give your child her very first introduction to music by passing on a technique I learned from Bhimsen Joshi - it is childlike in its simplicity. First, you must become very quiet with your child. Then you hum a tone and invite your child to hum that same tone with you. Then you invite your child to join you in closing your eyes. You then hum that tone in varying ways-You can fill the space with that tone.
Next, you invite your child to plug both ears with the tips of index fingers, pushing the little ear flaps gently into make a closure. Again, the hum. Ah! A discovery! The sound has become big! It fills space within.
There is the beginning of the first violin lesson.
Then, when the child approaches the violin it is with the awareness that the great good thing, the thing that makes music, is within and the tone becomes intimate, warm, personal.
But the teacher must be versed in the meditative nature of all music.
So, five is not too young to start.
There is so much more to say.
Did any of this make any sense to you?
Please let me know right here what you think.