Looking for a Violin Pedagogue or Professor proficient in written assessment
Hi, on behalf of a friend, I'm looking for a violin professor or pedagogue who can assess my friend's violin technique, artistry, musicality, and readiness for conservatory audition through his video performance. The parents basically want a written assessment of my friend's violin playing. Of course, they'll be paying for the service. By the way, my friend is located in Hamburg at the moment. Although location doesn't really matter, It'd be great if the professor is located in Hamburg, Germany. Please give me a PM. Thanks!
Not really helpful, but a curiosity on my part:
Unfortunately, I'm not well informed about whether he has been working with a teacher ever since he moved to Hamburg a month ago. He has recorded a video of himself for auditions, I think his parents would like someone that can assess and express very well in written form, just to satisfy their lack of information about their child's playing.
The ACMP (Associated Chamber Music Players) has a link that provides professional coaches for chamber music groups. No that the association ins international (formerly "American") one of those pros might be available to do that.
May I respectfully suggest that your friend would be far better off playing for someone local who is knowledgeable, and that I am sure such a person exists in Hamburg. First, because a local professional will be better informed on what is available to students at various levels; second, because one can assess much more accurately in person with the ability to move around and look from different angles, and third because an important part of such assessment would be how quickly the student can react to instruction, which is impossible to determine from a video. There are minor considerations as well such as sound--how much of an apparently poor sound is due to video sound quality? How much to an inferior instrument? The first thing I do when a student's sound bothers me is play on their instrument myself to see what its limitations are. And so on.
I agree with Mary Ellen.
Just submit a link and he'll get some opinions. Many of us have been in this business for decades, and most of what he'll hear isn't exactly rocket science.
The assessment isn't for the player, but for the player's parents; a report from someone with impressive credentials.
Ask at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg: https://www.hfmt-hamburg.de/startseite/
Maybe they have had a family talk and have made a compromise that if a really respectable outsider values his playing high and can see him being able to become a competent professional, the parents will pay for the music school? Maybe take a loan for it? Parents are probably not musical so they cannot do the evaluation themselves.
Thanks, everyone. I think my friend's mother will join this discussion soon. They're not so tech-savvy, we'll see how it goes from there.
I think getting a professional opinion is a great idea. My point is simply that one shouldn't limit oneself to just one of those opinions, no matter how respected the expert is.
I don't disagree that getting more than one professional opinion is a good idea. I just think that if the question being asked is readiness for conservatory admission, it's best to include people familiar with the particular conservatories being looked at. This is a very U.S.-centric board.
My guess is that a video might be very useful in determining whether the student is clearly unready, or it's worth seeking out a detailed in-person assessment of specific strengths and weaknesses and likely best schools.