I need some advice for my daughter. She has played violin for almost 5 years, since she was 7. Her instructor uses the suzuki method and she has done really well. She is at the end of book 2. Here is the problem. She is just now starting to take orchestra class at school and her teacher wants her to get a shoulder rest. She has a 1/2 size violin and has never used a shoulder rest before. The teacher made her try one of someone elses and she doesn't like it. She says it feels funny and she feels like she can play better without it. Her private instructor is against it but the orchestra teacher keeps telling us to get one and my daughter is in tears because she really doesn't want to use one but doesn't want the teacher mad at her. Is there some reason I should make my daughter try to use the shoulder rest or should I try to reason with the teacher about her not using one? I guess what I want to know is if there is a real benefit that she will get from the rest that would make it worth her trying to get used to it? Right now she loves the violin and I would hate for that to change because of this. Please tell me what you think.
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