I am looking for opinions on teaching beginning violin. For my own daughter's cello lessons, I would only consider a teacher with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, and she is also Suzuki Certified. Thankfully, I can easily afford the private lessons, since my daughter's school does not currently offer orchestra. However, my daughter's best friend desperately wants to learn the violin, and while I passed on the teacher information to her mother, I know they have very little money and won't be able to afford the lessons. So here is my question: I have played violin for almost 25 years. I play every day for at least an hour (not including the few years that I hardly played while my kids were newborns). While I am not playing in an orchestra currently, I am by no means a beginner. I am very interested in teaching and really love to play violin. I have also closely watched my daughter's teacher's technique in teaching. However, I have no degree and no experience. It breaks my heart to see a kid eager to learn with no opportunity to do so. I would happily teach this girl for free. But would attempting to do so be a mistake? Would I end up doing more harm than good? Or would I be giving a kid the opportunity to learn violin that would not otherwise happen?
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