I have a bit of a dilemma and couldn't think of anyone else to ask about this than the good folks here (I'm afraid this is long).
I'm a recent re-beginner, I played in college but hadn't picked up a violin in at least 15 years until a month ago. Fortunately for me, my next-door neighbor (literally, we share a wall) has a Master's in violin, so of course when I decided to begin again I chose her as my teacher, and we've had a couple of good lessons.
So far so good, she even has the same problem as me in that we have very short 4th fingers, so she has great 'fixes.' She and her husband are a great young couple and nice neighbors.
The only 'problem' (I hate to even use the word for this!) is that she was pregnant (I think she went to the delivery room this weekend but I haven't been able to catch the husband to ask - the 'midwife mobile' has been parked outside for a couple of days) and is of course going to take a break from teaching since the baby is born.
Now of course I'm very happy for them but being a bit selfish, I'm worried that without a teacher for the next 6 weeks or so this early in the game (they're going 'back home' for I think a month) I'll get into some horrible habit of bad playing.
I don't know whether to try to find another teacher on a temporary basis.
Is it a good idea or when you're starting (again) to change teachers or is there a problem with different styles?
Is it considered rude or insulting (to either the regular or the 'temporary' teacher) to do this? Would another teacher even consider it?
I'm a grad student (in anthropology), and I wanted to take advantage of the 'extra' time I have during the summer to get as far as possible, since during the school year I'm swamped. I spoke to a friend of mine who's a grad student in piano, and she said that sometimes grad students in music are looking for a few 'extra' students during the summer, so I could try the university.
Any suggestions from the collective wisdom here? (of course I would discuss this with my teacher first but if you guys tell me it's a bad idea to change teachers I wouldn't even bring it up).
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