Am I too old to start playing violin if I want that violin is my future career

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Signe said: Sep 4, 2016
 Viola
2 posts

Hi, this week I will start to play violin, it will be my first lesson and I’m 18.
Classical music as I remember myself is my passion.
I am ready to work and work hard, firstly with myself.
I look far into the future and I want to see the violin in there.
I am ready to sacrifice a lot of free time playing violin, because as I said, I want to play and play well.
I believe… if you work and work hard a lot of things are possible.
The question is: Am I too old to start playing violin and if I’m ready to work and work hard, there is
possibility that violin is my future career?

Thanks,
Signe

Douglas Ogutu said: Sep 11, 2016
Douglas OgutuGuitar, Recorder, Voice, Violin
1 posts

Hi there, with passion there’s no age limitation. This is a skill just like driving a car. A little challenge you might have is the fingering but with consistency and guidance from a good teacher. To fasten your learning I’d recommend getting a little understanding of music theory. About the career, yes, it surely will if you take it seriously… here’s what I mean, at 23 you will have a 5year experience meaning you will have gotten a firm grip of the instrument. Just remember, a good foundation is all you need. Cheers!

Rose Lander said: Sep 15, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
54 posts

my best advice to you ASK AN EXPERT!
do not waste your life—you only have one to live. make appointments with the professors at any of the colleges your are applying to. find out what the possibilities are before making commitments. is there a career out there for you?
sincerely,
rose lander

Rosetta Springer said: Sep 15, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Lubbock, TX
7 posts

I can only say from my experience, never too old. There are many things you can do to have Music in your future. In my case, I had a few lessons as a teen and was told I was too old. So I listened to that ‘professional’ and gave up. I tried again in Collage, with the same discouragement from the ‘professional’. Then when I was about 35years old, my children’s Suzuki Piano teacher suggested I could have my own lessons. I have been teaching over 50 students/week for nearly 20 years. Not too old! I do not expect to be a concert pianist, but I love teaching and find many other ways to use my piano playing.

Rosetta Springer said: Sep 15, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
Lubbock, TX
7 posts

By the way, study Dr Suzuki and discover how old he was when he began to study. You will be surprised!

Rose Lander said: Sep 21, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
54 posts

Dr. Suzuki made his mark as an educator, not as a violinist! violin playing standards were much, much lower than today. ironically, the spectacular rise in the level of today’s violinists is the result of Dr. Suzuki’s teaching!
rose lander

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