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Jodi Bernard

Not going to camp this year

March 6, 2009 at 4:19 PM

After spending the last month thinking about it. I have decided not to send my daughter to a chamber music string camp this summer.

The decision came to me as she was healing from her then broken wrist. We had thought about auditioning for Mimi Zweig's IU summer string program had the music, and recommendation all ready; everything but the recording. Because of the lack of wrist movement, she was unable to record her piece's before the March 1st deadline.

I also took into account that she will be taking a summer class to be able to skip Algebra 1 and go into Algebra 2.... that was the last straw for me.

Instead of going to camp, I have decided to ask her teacher if she could take on another violin lesson per week . Maybe one lesson could be the scale and etude lesson and the other be the reportoure lesson. He said that he was free to do that. I think that this would be money well spend... although sometimes I wonder if it is the best decision. I think that it is the best decision for now.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on March 6, 2009 at 10:57 PM

Taking longer courses (or two in a week) is an extraordinairy gift to your daughter!  I do this on summers when I have more time.  You know, for money reasons we can not have 5 hours per week of private lessons but when you become a little better, I believe it would be necessary and would bring the additional motivation!   It's a well known fact that many big soloists had many hours of private lessons by week!  (Check out Menuhin's case!)

Have a nice day,


From E. Smith
Posted on March 7, 2009 at 1:58 PM

That sounds like a good solution. My daughter took double lessons for years, and it was a great benefit to her. Camp is a great experience, but she has years of opportunity ahead of her. Just think how great her audition tape will sound next year.

From David Colon
Posted on March 9, 2009 at 5:51 AM

I wish I could get double lessons! There's many days that I feel well prepared for my lessons but I still have to wait 3 days or so until my next one. That sounds like a great gift.

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