While practicing the violin, try to talk about the good things going on during the practice.  It is far better to say, "Now let's see if you can do it even better this time," than it is to say, "This last one wasn't quite a good as you had been doing." You have heard me say that before... in fact, just the other day.
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I am not saying that I believe in only telling someone good things.  What I have experienced, though, is that adverse criticism, no matter how minor, brings about frustration.  A frustrated student makes more mistakes.  Phrase criticism in a way that lets the violin student know that you believe in him and that you think he will get even better!

Talk about fun. Talk about progress. Talk about goals. Talk about the future. Talk about dreams.
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