Learning to read music takes time, patience and practice, and it can cause a lot of frustration along the way.
Ironically, a good ear can hold back one's reading progress, when the ears take over for the eyes, allowing a student to learn without having to consult the written page.
Reading has a number of components: the theory, and the practical application of it. Knowing names of notes and values of rhythms helps a lot, but it doesn't automatically translate to the practical task of playing what is on the written page. Fluent reading requires practice and experience. That can happen during lessons, in the practice room or very commonly, in an orchestra or ensemble.
The best teacher for me was youth orchestra -- jumping right straight into the deep end. I still vividly remember my panic on the first day, looking at an arrangement of "Orpheus in the Underworld" and puzzling over the symbols for tremolos, long measures of rest, etc.
What has been the best teacher for you, when it comes to reading violin music? Tell us what helped you become a fluent reader, or if you are not yet, how you are going about learning to read.
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