Our son has the opportunity this fall to pursue his violin training with a top-notch teacher. Her standards are high and her 'tuition' is too. Knowing my son as I do I was on the fence about what to do here. Clearly he needs a teacher, but does it need to be the one that requires group, individual, and chamber lessons? Solo recitals and something called a 'movement class' are also involved. And did I mention there is no parking on her grass? Well-there isn't.... It's a rule I can understand as I hate it when strangers park on my grass. This just sets a standard of excellence though don't you think? Not sure I really want to know what the movement class is. Maybe we could enroll the two year old in that class. Although she did get a couple red stars on her potty chart for her movements as of late. Perhaps a class isn't in order for her after all.
The policy on her website clearly states that if the student isn't practicing enough that she may have the option to drop said student. Without refund! Ouch. Big Boy is an excellent musician who has been at the violin for 6 years. He has unfortunately been the victim of moving around and having various teachers. Some suited him. Some not so much. This one appears to be a match. After a week of scales camp he was still coming out smiling. And I gotta say I never knew one could play that high on one's violin. Lot's of difficulty. Still smiling. Sorta a miracle. I fear that after we sign him up that the honeymoon will end and he will not commit as much as we'd hoped. But then there's the other side to that egg. The sunny side! That hopes against all odds that he will reach and exceed expectations. And what to do with Little Boy who is just one year in? Do we go for the good teacher right from the start with him and kick all the bad habits early? (Those habits that Big Boy still clings to). Or do we wait and see if he is a violinist after all before shelling out the big bucks? It seems that the decisions made now will make the ones in the future as well.
T and I discussed it in bed the other night. He told me the story of the day he went to a friend's house and was shown for the first time in his life how to scramble an egg. Step one: Warm up the pan. Step two: Spray the pan. Step three: Crack egg directly onto the pan and scramble away while cooking. Over a decade later he would learn the real way to cook scrambled eggs. From me. With actual pre-scrambling in a bowl, grated cheddar, constant spatula use, and dill. (Yes dill- try it!). So his point was that there is a right way and a getting by way of doing just about all things in life. Which way do you think we should go?