At age 16, after a particularly demanding year, my son elected to discontinue his advanced violin studies to pursue a "normal life". We supported his decision and agreed with him that he might be more comfortable with a less stressful schedule. However, he is moping and seems unhappy. He understands this is his choice and if he asks for lessons, he may have them.
While I would agree the source of his issues might be different from others making similar choices, I am curious about other musician’s experiences, taking a break from, or permanently giving up studies.
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