I haven't been on violinist.com for a little while, so you can imagine my surprise when I went back on today and saw that my post on the discussion board regarding trial lessons at conservatories had exploded! :D
I enjoyed reading the lively, spirited conversation (debate? insult war?) that went on in that thread, but I figured I'd take Josh's advice and start a new one. :)
I'd like to thank Mr. Russell for giving us a teacher's perspective on these lessons, and I'd like to add (since this seemed to be a hot topic) that I have absolutely no problem paying for a trial lesson. I don't think it would be right for me to expect to not have to pay for a lesson.
I'd also like to thank Mara Gerety for the advice she gave me regarding schools. Thanks, Mara! :)
Anyway, here's an update (yes, I am possibly the most indecisive person in the world) on what I'm actually doing this February break: I'm going to visit Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College, since they are much, much closer to home. :) I will probably still be visiting CIM and Oberlin sometime in the future.
I don't really know a lot about either of these schools, so I would like to know if any of you have any experience regarding these schools. :D
This thread can also serve as a continuation for the first one (the original topic, I mean) if anyone has anything more to add. If you need to read about the original topic, the thread is http://www.violinist.com/discussion/response.cfm?ID=13115.
All right, that's about it for this thread/topic; as always, thanks so much for all your input/comments/advice! You guys are great. :)
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