As a "Very Late Starter" (I was 30 - that was 39 years ago) I wanted to learn how to play the violin as it had been a fascination since seventh grade. Once I realized I could learn I realized that the "Concerto Path" wasn't for me. I wanted to play in community orchestras and do the occasional solo in church. Modest ambitions and I did enjoy learning a lot about technique and theory.
Now I'm volunteering with a youth orchestra because I'm teaching a local young musician who cannot afford lessons (a version of me in seventh grade). I'm noticing that there seems to be a single standard being applied to all the young musicians. While they are a bit young to know what portions of their lives music will play in their future they all seem to be moving in lockstep towards solo playing of the concertos with almost no acknowledgement that simply playing in a community orchestra, college orchestra, or neighborhood chamber group can be just as satisfying and sustainable.
Since most participants on this forum are professional musicians and teachers I have to ask: Is there a single standard and if so, why?
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