Music Lessons are Supposed to be Hard

June 14, 2017

This post is the second in a series called "Character and Musicianship." Read the first post about developing empathy through music lessons here.


"I'm thinking of switching to piano.  Violin is so hard. I've heard piano is easier."


This is how a violin lesson began with a student recently.  Her mom and I locked eyes over her head, unsure if we should laugh or weep.  The student was justifiably struggling with practicing.  It was the end of the year, she was wiped, and she wanted an easier route.  


"I'm glad you find it hard," I told her. "If it's not hard, we aren