We have all been the student or heard the student who gets into a loop with their piece due to missing a leading note that goes to a specific ending. This is very common and here are some different approaches that I have used to address this in my teaching:
1- FACE ONE WALL PER SECTION/ENDING: First have success with this while listening. Do not attempt on violin until successful with doing while listening for several days. Children need to move and movement connects things in the brain in a way different than other approaches and is crucial to successful learning.
2- ANALYSIS: Literally sit down, away from the violin and analyze what makes the endings the same and what makes them different. Students need left brain information like this to balance the right brain listening and playing by ear.
NOTE: If your child is beyond Book 1 level but has never done analysis first teach form analysis with the Folk Songs from Book 1.
3- IMAGINATION ANCHORS: Assign a story or character to the different endings. Let the student guide this - the more personal it is to them, the better it will stick in their memory.
NOTE: The story does not even have to make sense, this is the neat thing about the way our minds work.
4- ADD DETAILS: Assign special dynamics or articulations to the different endings. If the student is on auto-pilot having played the piece incorrectly for some time then they need details like these to be taken out of this mode and re-learn the piece correctly.
5- MAKE HARD WORK FUN: This is a secret to success for everything in life whether it be violin practice, cleaning your kitchen or learning algebra!
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