One of the common threads that we see on v.com is teenagers asking about their future in violin.
I thought it might be interesting to have a thread that compares what it's like playing the violin in childhood vs adulthood. That includes both pro-level playing (perhaps at the different levels, i.e., the public school-teaching pro vs. the teaching/freelancing pro vs. the primarily-performing pro), as well as amateur-level playing.
It might also be interesting to look at what high school violin training is like, versus what a student can expect in conservatory at the undergrad and graduate levels.
For instance, childhood violin for serious young players is often:
Whereas violin for adult amateurs is usually:
(I leave the above to other posters to expand upon, especially what it's like to play as a pro; I just wanted to give some examples of what I was thinking about.)
I reckon that this might be some interesting sharing, as well as useful to students who are trying to figure out what they want to do with their violin-playing skills in adulthood -- and whether or not the things that they love about playing the violin as a teenager translate into things that they'll encounter as an adult amateur or pro.
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