How did you start playing violin? Was it through some kind of school program? A separate music academy or school? Private lessons? Or maybe you just started on your own?
I feel fortunate that my public school had a strong instrumental music program when I was a child. I can thank an energetic music teacher, who went around to classes recruiting fourth-grade students to start learning stringed instruments. She had several orchestras and bands, and that very first year we all participated in the creation of something that back then was a huge deal, we made a vinyl record! Every single child participating in the music program, even beginners, were on that record, with our names listed! Thinking back on this, I can hardly fathom the energy this woman had, to do so much!
The important thing was that this program sparked my curiosity and desire to play, and it provided a way to actually do it. I was also fortunate to follow up my introduction to the instrument with private lessons, which made all the difference. But that initial introduction was an essential step. (Sadly my old elementary school no longer offers instrumental music. Considering the major benefits that instrumental music offers for education and community, I hope this trend of cutting music programs can be reversed.)
How did it happen for you? Was it through a program at your school? A private music program, such as a local Suzuki program? A music academy in your community? Or did you start straight in with private lessons? Maybe you started on your own! Please pick the answer that most closely resembles what kind of program you started in, and then tell us about it! What do you think is the best way to get new students playing the violin?
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