Aki Utoslahti

Prejudice towards adult beginners

September 21, 2013 05:38

Most difficult thing as adult beginner I have faced is prejudice. Everyone has prejudices towards adult beginner in violin. Even some teachers..

"How can you start playing violin?" "Isn't it already too late" "You should have started as child" etc, etc, etc..

I learn violin because it is what I want! Do not tell me I cannot learn something! I am already progressing really fast because I am putting time to my practice and I am highly motivated. Making violin playing as my career is highly improbable. But did someone say I would want to be a professional violinist? I play for myself. For my own pleasure. And my goal is to be as good as I can.

Finding a violin teacher at adult age seems to be very hard. At least in Finland. There isn't really a good supply of teachers at private sector. Every teacher wants steady income and teaches for some kind of conservatory. And as a adult in Finland you cannot really make it into a conservatory. "You should have called 10 years ago"...

Also, some teachers seem to have a certain mindset towards adult beginners. They seem to think that teaching them is waste of time as they will never make it into and orchestra.
However I think now I have found a teacher who has both the time and skills to help me into what I want to be. My teacher seemed to understand my goals and motivation and is willing to help me towards my goals. I hope to make the best of her ability to teach me!

Continuing my journey on ripping obstacles and crushing prejudice!

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