becoming a profesional violinist


said: Sep 29, 2006
 5 posts

Well, I am a vioinist and I have been playing quite a while, 5 years I think. I am starting to consider trying to become a profesional violinist, I am in book 4 of the suzuki method which may not seem like vary far after 5 years of playing, but my teacher is not a traditional suzuki teacher and uses each song as an excercise for much more difficult techniches, rather then just focusing on playing the song fast and all the way through he makes sure I get every single note perfect and sounding as good as it can and get every section sounding its best before he cares about the song being put together. I also didn’t always work in the suzuki books, when I was a younger student I played other things that my teacher thought were better. the results of this are, me not being far in the suzuki books, but being a very high level sight reader and violinist for my age. I am far above my grade level. But what I’m wondering is, Is becoming profesional within my grasp?

Violin, the instrument that holds my dreams, I pour my life into it and it becomes stronger, maybe one day I can be profesional.

said: Sep 29, 2006
 122 posts

How hard are you willing to work? That is the question I’d ask anyone, whether they are a 7 year old in Book 7 or an 18 year old in Book 4.

You didn’t say how old you are, but if a person is willing to practice hours each day at an instrument they have a good chance of becoming a professional eventually.

I don’t think anyone is able to really evaluate a person’s potential.

“When love is deep, much can be accomplished.”
-Shinichi Suzuki

Jennifer Visick said: Oct 1, 2006
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
1076 posts

although you do have to practice not only for hours each day, but also efficiently and SMART —

There is a story about a guy who went to music school and was in the school’s practice rooms one morning. He heard a cellist next door practicing scales & whatnot. The guy finished practicing, went to a few classes, had lunch, went to a rehearsal, and came back to do some practice in the evening. The same cellist was still in the same practice room, practicing the same scales and whatnots. The guy said that the cellist sounded exactly the same as he had that morning—and he had been practicing for 7 hours!

The poor cellist had got the idea of TIME spent practicing correctly, but he was always practicing the same mistakes, the same bad intonation…. that person will not be hired as a professional musician. You not only have to be willing to spend time in practice, you also have to improve yourself—change—study—before you sit down to repeat a thing for hours on end.

Community Youth Orchestra Of S CA said: Oct 10, 2006
 Violin, Viola
70 posts

Being a professional is not about time spent.

It is about the quality of time used in developing skills to a very high level. Someone who discovers how to accomplish in one hour what takes the average person five hours is going to find much more success in the long run.

Connie Sunday said: Oct 14, 2006
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
670 posts

So much depends on what you mean by “professional.” If I were you, I wouldn’t worry so much about that, as about a general, overall education: in the arts, in character, in everything. And then keep working on the music. Read widely, learn to write well and use your own language effectively. Learn to think. So few people do this. If you have artistic ability, it will flow out of that.

If by “professional” you mean having a major orchestra job, the ICSOM statistics are rather discouraging. Not to suggest that you can’t get a major orchestra job, but the competiiton is overwhelming. See:

However, there are multitudes of ways of being a professional person in the music business outside of major orchestra jobs. Many people (myself included) make a good living teaching and freelancing. There is a pretty good discussion about this at:

Assuming that it’s a pretty good bet that people are regularly going to be living to be 100 in the future, the notion of “life time education” is very crucial.

Being “professional,” to my mind, has to do with: being reliable, being on time, being prepared, having a pleasant demeanor, working with others, striving to acquire the highest level of knowledge one can, having the best equipment, etc.

I wish you all the best,

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said: Jan 23, 2007
 5 posts

thank you all for posting, it has been vary helpful. :D

Now I have just finished playing the theme from schindler’s list, and I have just started working on the konzertino concerto by O.Rieding, Op.25

Violin, the instrument that holds my dreams, I pour my life into it and it becomes stronger, maybe one day I can be profesional.

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