My daughter has had two violin lessons and I'm already sweating it. Thing is, the teacher had her using her bow by the first lesson and had her trying to learn a piece on the second! I remember plucking strings for a long time as I learned to listen to notes and developed some dexterity with my fingers. I rather expected something the same here. Isn't playing an instrument a cumulative skill like math? You learn it layer by layer, building on what you know?
My daughter isn't even familiar with how the notes should sound, why the rush to have her playing a piece so quickly? I know there's a Christmas recital at the music studio - Maybe the teacher thinks I'm more focused on seeing my daughter play something then on her acquiring the proper foundation?
I'm a little hesitant to talk to the teacher because I don't want to come off as the parent who had a few years of violin as a kid and so thinks she knows it all but I also don't want Catherine set up to fail because of frustration. Since how I'm perceived really isn't an issue of any importance I've only got one choice.
Next time I will do this properly. I will interview and ask for resumes. I will make sure we all feel comfortable with each other. It would have been easier in the long run.