Viola teacher teaching violin
Is it a good idea for a viola teacher to teach violin too? A week ago went to a student concert of a teacher, who plays both violin and viola and got very mied fleelings. The viola players looked quite ok and some really good, but the violin players were no good at all, the posture was horrible to my eyes and left hand very rigid the left elbow barely moving.
Now Im wondering if the kids played violin only to be moved to viola soon or had he just got the least gifted kids or what had happened. Thought that maybe someone could enlighten me on the matter. Remembered all the jokes about viola players too and wondered if there really is something into them lol
That would be a double standard for the ages, since many violin teachers teach viola too.
I do believe viola is harder, somehow its just not that popular here, there are so many good violinists but not so many good violist which is a natural result of it not being so popular, nothing to do with the instrument.
Many violists started as violinists themselves. Something else must be going on. Perhaps the violin students were playing more technically difficult material? Perhaps the better students were coincidentally all violists?
If it was 3 violists playing well and 3 violinists playing poorly then maybe it was just a coincidence. If it was 30 violists playing well and 30 violinists all playing poorly then something is going on.
I'm primarily a violists who also teaches violin. At the beginning stages, violin and viola technique is essentially the same and I more or less teach the same posture and sequence of technical skills regardless of instrument. If a student is committed and advanced on violin, I will at some point send them on to a violinist (around the Mozart G-major/Kavalevsky Concerto level) simply because I never studied a lot of the more advanced repertoire as I majored in viola performance.
Ingrid has a good point -- the repertoire. If a person either started on viola or switched to it very early, they have neither studied the violin repertoire nor the correct progression of it.
My first violin teacher was an expert violist (ex-met. opera). My only regret was that we started the Bach unacomp. sonatas too soon and did not seriously work on those ultra-high notes at the top of the E-string.
Like Ingrid I am a violist who plays and teaches violin too.
I consider violin and viola to be two closely tied but different instruments. In some ways, viola is harder than violin (e.g dealing with a larger instrument, especially if you're smallish; getting a big sound is more work on viola). Alto clef is not more difficult to read than any other clef, and the larger spacing is not necessarily harder to deal with, especially if you're a largish-handed person. Plus, both instruments require pretty much the exact same amount of concentration in order to play well. (Viola may need a bit more concentration in terms of bow angle and placement precision, and tension, posture and position issues can be more problematic on viola because of the larger size, and thus, more precision is necessary in these areas. I'm not saying you should play violin with unnecessary tension and incorrect posture and position, however).
Thank you everyone :) It was a small sample of students,about 15 in total so maybe just a coincidence then.
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