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.
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 Bates is an attorney based in Washington, D.C. She has a passion for criminal justice reform and believes that poverty, lack of education, and other social issues should not feed the pipeline to prison. Through consistent advocacy, she desires to alleviate the factors that force many people to become a part of the criminal justice system. The views expressed here are her own.