It can be easy to become discouraged, especially in the beginning stages when it feels like you are doing the same activities and playing the same rhythms over and over again on open strings. It’s important, however, not to doubt the learning process, and trust that one day, if we are steadfast with our practice and put in the effort to learn, we will experience success.
It’s also hard to avoid comparing your child with another, but I urge you to not do this. All students progress at their own individual pace. What may take one student 10 repetitions to master may take another student 500. I once heard the example that a person does not pull on a flower to get it to grow - you would ruin it. The same is true for a young musician. You cannot push upon them what they are not ready for. We must be patient, allowing the proper time for each skill to develop. When you plant a seed you cannot initially see what is happening, but with patience and care the seed sprouts and eventually you have a beautiful flower. This is exactly what happens during the early years of violin lessons. We plant the seed by teaching good posture, technique and tone right from the beginning. We water the seed by creating a positive environment for daily practice, listening to the Suzuki recordings and attending group lessons. Eventually, the seed will sprout leading to the beautiful flowers of you and your child's efforts. Prepare to be amazed at what you find! With patience, perseverance and hard work, I promise you will not be disappointed!