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The student or teacher you had the longest.

January 22, 2009 at 12:52 AM


yesterday, I saw a program on a good conservatory here and among the comments, a teacher said that what he loved was to have students for a very long time and see their evolution. He said it was so rewarding.  He had a boy that had started doublebass with him at 7 and now, this student  was maybe 20 or more (by the look). 

I was wondering what was the student or teacher you have had the longest?  Do you often have a young children or adult that you keep for 13 - 15 years?  It must be funny to have almost been the "mom" or "dad" of a young student and learn to interact different as he or she grows up!  Since violin is a life long journey, some v.commers must have many similar stories to what this teacher was talking about.  A young teacher that starts a young kid could have the same pupil for 40 years... that's amazing, no?

Have a nice day,


From Stephen Brivati
Posted on January 22, 2009 at 2:21 AM


I cannot resist a slightly off center reply. The longest teacher you will ever have is you.  Actually it is qute a serious point because it means the teacher ha sa repsonsibilty for training a player to teach themselves.This is atcualy quite rare in my experience.



From Larisa Mihaela
Posted on January 22, 2009 at 2:16 AM

This is amazing, it reminds me of my good old teacher. I have been studying  since 6(and 1/2) , and I only had 2 teachers so far. One of them , I had from the 1st grade to finishing highschool. And the other one , an incredible person and teacher, I have been having for 1 year so far.

My old teacher , the one that put the violin in my hands will, of course , always be a special memory , because I had her almost like a mother for so many years. She thought studying Sevcick is very important , and at the tme I didn't really care, but now I Iove Sevcick soo much , and I know it is because of her. Good, I just wish she would know right now that I really took violin seriously now , and how much I progressed since I left..I think she would be happy .

From Anne Horvath
Posted on January 23, 2009 at 6:25 PM

I had my first teacher for 8 years, from the time I started, until I went off to college.  I was lucky to study with someone experienced,  patient, and a really great player. 

I have had some of my students for aeons now.  I have a couple of adult students that keep showing up (insert smiley face here).  But many of the kids have been around for a long time, and it is so gratifying to watch them to grow as people and musicians. 

It is always sad to see them graduate and leave the nest.  But, I have to be happy for them too.  Life goes on, etc.

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