My 10 year old daughter has been accepted into the Royal College of Music Junior Department in London. I am quite happy that she has made it after four years of constant struggle with her violin.
But her violin teacher suggest that she should not go there saying that the Junior Department is highly competitive and my daughter won't be able to cope with the pressure and the competitive environment there.
I have realised from my own experience, having helped her to be as good(or bad) as she is now, that learning a musical instrument is quite stressful, though I have never gone through such ordeal(?).
Being very shy, my daughter hasn't said about the result but as a mum, I can see that she is quite proud of herself deep inside. I am proud of her too, but her teacher is of the opinion that she will not do well at the Junion Department.
I requested her teacher two week's break from weekly individual lesson right after the audition. She called me last night that my daughter should not accpet the offer saying somewhat bluntly that the fact she needs a break is a sure sign that she won't manage well. The teacher said that even one of her best pupil who is 6 years senior has failed to get in.
It was the teacher who suggested my daughter to apply in the first place and now she has changed her mind. I have already sent the letter accepting the offer.
My daughter is doing well at school and is on the gifted child list. I am at a loss what is best for her and puzzled about her teacher's sudden change of heart. I didn't think the Junior Department was only reserved only for aspirants for future professional violinists.
Does the Junior Department really require such full-fledged commitment and devotion? Do you think her teacher's advice is reasonable?
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