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Ginnysg
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I’ve been trying to find a violin teacher, but the nearest one I've found is a good hour plus drive away and only teaches during the day when I’m at work.  So a new music school opened in my city.  It is a children’s music school, but they told me that they could certainly teach an adult, and finally worked me into their schedule.

I went in for my first, and only lesson there   It wasn’t the little red chairs that bothered me, or even the teddy bear musicians on the walls .... that I could have handled.

He said we will start the first 6 month learning to identify the notes in the music.  I told him I already could read music but he said I had to learn the names of the notes his way… with some funky little nursery type rhyme… (“B is on the belly line!”)

But the real kicker was the chart he brought out at the end.  I was to practice 30 minutes a day with a timer, then have an adult sign off each day to prove I’d practiced.  I couldn’t help it; I laughed out loud and asked, “so I can’t have my grandson sign off? It has to be an adult?”facepalm

I think my decision not to return was probably mutual!

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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I enjoyed reading that. Hilarious mental pictures imagining you going through it. I feel for ya, you'd think an adult could translate their programme to another adult but I guess there is no deviating from the plan!

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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LOL, Ginny!!!! 

I understand You so much! I learn at the musical school.... Though my teacher isn't so .... specific.... and teaches me as an adult. But when all thing goes to the concert - everybody is staring at me - the big madam with the big fiddle, LOL!

I think my decision not to return was probably mutual!

Maybe he just doesn't know how to teach an adult? And maybe they have another classes with more advanced students where You could feel more comfortable and not to learn all those funky notes?? I'd suggest You not to give up on it! If You feel that it will be easier for You to have some help with learning, so give it a trydunno

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If there is college nearby you should have more "teachers" available than you can shake a stick or bow at!  

Sounds odd but try Craig's list! That is where I found my current instructor. 

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Ginnysg said
..........................He said we will start the first 6 month learning to identify the notes in the music.  I told him I already could read music but he said I had to learn the names of the notes his way… with some funky little nursery type rhyme… (“B is on the belly line!”)

I want to hear about all the other notes. exactly

But the real kicker was the chart he brought out at the end.  I was to practice 30 minutes a day with a timer, then have an adult sign off each day to prove I’d practiced.  I couldn’t help it; I laughed out loud and asked, “so I can’t have my grandson sign off? It has to be an adult?”facepalm

 

If you like, I'll sign off for you. done

What a goofball that guy must be. Just do this to him and never face him again.mooning-2174

 

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But was he wearing his shoes and have a violin roflol

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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Ha ha, Ginny.   A story like that can keep me smiling for half a day, and briefly whenever I remember it thereafter.

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Ha ha Ginny... Too funny.  I have to say my old / former teacher did pretty good with me... But a few little kid things emerged now and then.... Belly line.... Ha ha!!!

lol @ ferret!

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Yea, it makes me laugh every time I think about it.  And I can't seem to read my music without stopping at the "B" and just laughing.  I need to scrub that from my brain!  blurry_drunk-2127

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your teacher sure did not sound flexible in teaching style at all! Maybe he tried to "extend" the lesson in a way that he could make more money!

I used my daughter's teacher as my teacher after my daughter had lessons from her for about a year and a half (I learned along with her). She insisted that I have to learn from the beginning but she let me whipped through Suzuki book one in three months or so. She has a practice chart for me, too, but I hardly looked at it and never had my husband sign it off :P , she is fine with that. It's just a chart to remind me where I am at, what I should pay attention to when I practice. I guessed if I wanted a sticker for practicing everyday each week I will have to have checked it off daily but I believed she would take my words for it as well.

 

See if you could find another teacher in that music school who would work with you and respect you as an adult. I am sure they have several teachers working for them.    

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