Greetings, everyone! This is my first post here, so I will introduce myself. My name is Amy, and my almost-nine-year-old daughter just began harp lessons with a local teacher a few weeks ago.
This is something she has wanted to do for some time. However, before letting her try the harp, we wanted her to first gain a bit of maturity as well as prior musical experience, which she has done—patiently—by taking Suzuki piano lessons for the last few years.
My daughter is really excited to finally be learning to play the harp. The problem is, she really dislikes her teacher. We’re only a few weeks into the lessons, and things could certainly change over time as they grow accustomed to one another. But, sadly, I totally see where my daughter is coming from. While our initial get-to-know-you meeting with the teacher went well enough, we’re finding now after the first few lessons that the teacher does not have a particularly child-friendly personality. Her terse, brusque manner just about brings my usually-tough-as-nails daughter to tears. This is in such stark contrast to her very sweet, incredibly patient, little-people-loving Suzuki piano teacher.
I’d like to give this harp teacher a little more time to see if things smooth out, especially since it sounds as though the she has taught a number of other children successfully—perhaps we’ll end up finding out that her bark is worse than her bite. But at the same time, if the experience is making my daughter want to cry each week, I don’t want it to ruin her desire to learn the harp.
In the meantime, I have begun searching for other harp teachers in our area, but I’m not finding anyone else within a manageable driving distance. As a result, I’m now considering looking into Skype lessons as an alternative, if this teacher ends up not working out. I would imagine, however, that there can be some fairly big drawbacks with Skype lessons, especially for a beginner child who might really benefit from having someone by their side, helping to correct hand position, etc. On the other hand, I do like the idea of having a broader range of teachers to choose from, hopefully finding someone who is a really good fit for my enthusiastic, imaginative, think-outside-the-box daughter. Another consideration, too, is perhaps finding a Skype teacher who also incorporates the Suzuki curriculum. Having several years of Suzuki piano already under her belt, I imagine the Suzuki method would be a very comfortable, familiar way begin learning to play the harp.
I’d like so much for this to be a positive experience for my daughter. Thanks for listening! I appreciate any ideas, thoughts, or advice.