I used to work in an upscale violin shop Where I learned ALOT. I have been reading many pedagogy books lately and have finally worked out some bowing problems. I highly recomend supplementing your teacher with the classic violin pedagogy books. Also, I am currently discovering the viola. What a great instrument! I recommend it also as a way to enhance your violin playing. It teaches you things that the violin will only whisper to you. I also play saxophone. I graduated from art school with a BFA.