We just had the 3rd lesson with Mrs. J (who has been his group teacher this whole year....) - and Delta is now playing (slowly) all the twinkles except Var. B ("Down bow and Up bow and", or "Mommy - and Daddy - and").... and has started work on it. Although this is probably a mommy's pride here, he CAN play them very well (he doesn't always choose to though....). Mrs. J is gently correcting his technique, but uses a different method of correction than Miss A did - which seems to be making a difference. The main thing is that Delta is willing to work with her.
The overall difference in Delta is amazing. Along with the changes I made in our practices (which turned out to be great - as the changes ended up matching more with what we needed to do with the new teacher) - he seems a lot happier. He isn't always happy to do the whole practice - but he knows what is expected, and will do it without the complaining and whining that we had last year, and early this year. When I practice (a few songs ahead of him), he will often choose to play along on open strings - and astonished me the other day by playing the A major scale with me WITH FINGERS with notes right on.... and I was playing it fast (well, very fast for him - pretty fast for me - Step-by-step CD track 43 or 44....).... He has a couple of times picked up the violin just to play (and plays one of the twinkles, instead of just "noise").... and one day when I was wasn't feeling well, and was starting the day with a shower, he told me that he would practice while I showered (and although he didn't do everything he is supposed to practice he did play a few of the things - and hey, it was self-directed.... so I wasn't complaining!)
I am just so thrilled with the difference! I know that there will be more struggles and hard times at some point - but the last year and a half had been SO hard, and so different from the happy experience that gets painted about doing suzuki that if I wasn't so convinced about it, and so determined, and had a husband who was supportive even though he thought I was crazy.... I would have ended up quiting, I'm sure of it.