According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of regret is to feel sad or sorry about something that you did or did not do. In high school, I quit the violin. This blog series is about my journey to resume playing. To read the entire series, please visit www.melaniebates.net/blog.
Playing violin again has been on on my list of goals for the past several years. For one reason or another, I could never make it happen. Luckily, after a vigorous online search, I discovered Levine Music.
Levine Music offers a comprehensive student enrollment process. After submitting a New Student Placement form, prospective students schedule a 30-minute Placement Session with the Strings Department Chair. Thereafter, students are matched with available instructors and schedule a trial lesson prior to the completion of enrollment.
This past Friday, I came one step closer to making my dream of resuming playing violin a reality. I attended a Placement Session. As soon as I walked through the doors, I was greeted by a warm smile. Although I was initially apprehensive about what to expect, I felt at ease. I was provided an overview of Levine Music, methods of instruction, performance opportunities, and the like. Prior to conclusion of the appointment, I played a short piece and surprisingly received positive feedback. While I know it will take a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to return to my previous level, the Placement Session was the perfect start to my journey. I am looking forward to next steps!
Melanie Elizabeth Bates is an attorney and consultant based in Washington, D.C. The views expressed here are her own.