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I have only been a member for a short time, but I have to say that in my limited experience the people that frequent this forum are the most helpful and non judgemental that I've seen so far. I was a member of a forum on another website, but most of the people seemed to be snooty. They seemed to have a holier than thou attitude towards people who teach music and are good at it, but lack a music degree, even if they have an education degree in another discipline.
I agree with that. I'm also a member of a UK forum that's frequented by a lot of teachers (it's a general musician forum, not just for strings but for all instruments).
While the majority of people on there are very helpful (which is pretty good as most of them teach for a living and yet are still willing to give free advice) there are also the snooty condescending types there as well.
They made some very scathing comments about my Skylark fiddle anyway.
Yeah, fiddlinmama, when I had just started playing violin over 3 yrs ago, I noted that the tone of a lot of at least some influential members of some forums and communities was not always pleasant. "Snooty" is a pretty nice word for some of them.
That's why this is the one where I actually made an account and introduced myself. I still feel it was the best choice for me, this is a great bunch of people and a wonderful community to call home.
For what it's worth, my degree does happen to be in music, but I consider playing experience to be more important/impressive.
It is also quite possible to play well or have a degree and still not have the teaching skills necessary. I play guitar and some other instruments, and over the almost 40 years I've been playing music, I've known plenty of people that were great players but weren't good at explaining things or had no idea what order to present things in to build a good solid base for a beginner to learn from.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman