I'm wondering if I should even bother going to school for the violin? I love the violin a lot, and I play for like 3-5 hours a day ... probably more. I can't really keep track because I'll just pick it up and play when I feel like it.
I've been playing for almost 3 years now. I'm 20 (As of 5 months ago), and I started about 5 months before I turned 18. My first violin teacher was impressed with my sight reading and my progress. Same with my second violin teacher. My third teacher - with whom I'm studying now - is also impressed by my sight reading, as well as my posture and stuff like that. My current teacher is part of the Suzuki association. Here's a link so that you guys can get an idea of what her teaching style is like:
Would it be possible to go to university for the violin? There's a few universities I could apply to. My teacher said I'm a grade 6 according to the Suzuki method. My teacher thinks that in a year, I can work my way up to a grade 8, maybe even 9, but I'd have to work really hard to get to either of them. I really wish I had started when I was like 10 - I did piano for about 3 years (7 to 10) then I did the Alto sax for about 5 years (12-17), so I am no stranger to music.
Is this plan even realistic? I feel like my teacher and everyone around me is deluded. I'm OK at the violin, but I feel so amateur. I can do Suzuki book 4, but I haven't even done Suzuki book 5 yet. Could I actually achieve a grade 8 in a year if I work hard? I know that you haven't heard me play or anything, but for arguments sake, assume that my sound/tone/pitch and all that is adequate. I doubt I'd be able to be a concert/professional violinist, but I really really really love the violin. I'm in a community orchestra as well as the pit crew for a private boy highschool. I'm also in my violin teachers student ensemble. My teacher thinks I can do it, and she says that my visual learning capability is what puts me at that level. My parents say they've heard my progress over these past couple years, and they think that I have a natural "talent". I tried to tell my dad that sometimes natural talent isn't good enough, and that I need the years of experience to even come close to that level, but it doesn't matter since I'll always be behind. Even though I say things like that, there is still something inside me that tells me that I can do it.
Oh, and as an aside, my parents/violin teacher are all Christian. No offense to religions/christianity, but I feel like they only tell me that I can succeed because they think that God will bless me or something. That sounds so ridiculous, but I'm so confused; I want reassurance that they actually believe in me without anything clouding their judgement...
Realistic feedback, please.
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