Ever since Ana got a chance to play my mom’s cello (with assistance of course) she’s been wanting to learn to play the violin. I figured the violin would be easier for a kid to manage so I showed her some You Tube videos of little kids playing the violin.
I’ve asked her many many times if she wants to do gymnastics or learn to play the violin. She always says the violin. I’m honestly a little surprised. She seems a bit young to be interested in something so… boring.
I played the violin when I was in 6th and 7th grade and I was never very good. I’m not sure if my apathy was due to it just not being my thing or because I hated that it made me even dorkier than I was already perceived.
But I’m really excited about Ana’s enthusiasm. I can’t help but think it’s a big deal that she is interested at such a young age. So, I took her to a trial lesson with a local violin teacher.
She was sized with a 1/10th-size violin. Oh the cuteness!!
And here is where you want to make sure your volume is turned down…
Unfortunately, the teacher’s verdict was that Ana is a little too young. She suggested that I bring her back in a year or so.
She did still explain her teaching techniques and philosophy. She teaches classical, not suzuki, which as far as I understand means she teaches note reading from the very beginning. Honestly, I felt overwhelmed by the end of her presentation and I don’t think Caleb would even be able to handle the commitment.
But since I’m not willing to give up that easily, I’m going to have Ana do a trial lesson with another teacher. This one does the Suzuki method. If she also thinks Ana is a bit too young, we’ll do gymnastics.