My daughter began taking violin lessons 2 years ago, she's now 7. She became interested because she saw an older cousin play the violin.
At the beginning, we were told that in order to progress, one should practice everyday. We've followed the advice but we are now becoming increasingly tired, because what started as a 20 minutes practice per day has turned into 1 hour practice per day, mainly due to her not being focused and losing time, her being frustrated when not playing a new piece well, despite us saying that it's normal. Also, she becomes irritated when we point her mistakes and give advice on how to correct them, resulting in more time being wasted trying to calm her down.
However, she can play quite well when she's focused.
We've asked her several times if she really enjoyed the violin, to which she always says yes, but it doesn't show when she practices. It's becoming a chore, at least for us. We can't afford spending 1 hour a day, and ending frustrated/angered by her attitude (roughly 1/3 of the time).
We are thinking about ending the lessons, but before that, I wanted to know if it was the right decision, or if there was anything we could do to improve her practice.
First, thank you for the feedback, I didn't expect so mcuh advice.
Also sorry if my post lacked some details, I didn't think they were relevant at the time.
So, some clarifications:
Our daughter currently has a 30 min lesson per week with a teacher (not us).
The teacher specifically asked us to be involved with our kid's practice. Sometimes though, we do let her practice alone, but she prefers practicing with us (that's what she says anyway).
And mostly, the mistakes we point are wrong notes, wrong note values and left hand position. We've tried being more laid back (less time, and we let her figure out her own mistakes), but then at the next lesson she had hardly improved).
What I meant by ending the lessons, was to end the lessons with the teacher, so she could continue playing what she liked, without having to play some pieces she likes less, and being able to follow her own rythm.
I am a bit torn here, because I know practicing the violin will also help her in other areas, and she seems to enjoy playing the pieces she's learnt...