Sponsor an online Violin lesson during Shelter in Place
I have always loved teaching and sharing my passion and knowledge of music and the violin ever since I can remember. Teaching violin lessons for me, is also not only about the actual technique and process of learning how to play the violin, but also about many other life lessons. Things like listening carefully, learning to focus, and being diligent. Training and honing your mind, and muscles on very specific motor skills and details. Teaching my students to allow themselves to make mistakes, and really think about long term goals, because there are no short-term solutions for the violin, it is simply a very difficult instrument that takes a lot of time and effort!
Over the last several weeks I have been getting more and more inquiries about teaching online, because so many students are at home, and able to learn from anyone in the whole world that they might want to study with.
Before this global epidemic knocked on our front door, and said, please stay home – I was touring, traveling, performing, and educating around the globe. This is a life that I love, and look forward to pursuing again perhaps one day, but in a very different way, with a lot more focus on my local habitat. This crisis has really helped me see the value in working with your local community and supporting everyone around us who are the ones that we are going to be connected with when forced into a situation like staying home for months at a time.
I’m writing you now, because I have an idea for my students that I am continuing to teach, but do not have the financial stability to continue lessons, for a number of reasons. They need to save the little money they have, or their parents got laid off, or they lost all of their work for the time being.
I would like to suggest a short-term scholarship fund, for students to continue, or begin to study with me. With a sponsorship of 75 dollars, I can provide a violin lesson for a family or child in a low income bracket. This gift could keep a child, or young adult, from stopping or quitting violin for a few months, which can easily turn into a lifetime, as we all know, once you lose focus and practice on something, it is hard to get both the discipline and the skills back. This will also give parents an hour of time back, as I will have their child focused on music, and will also perhaps give the child hope to be able to play for their own community as they learn to play even the simplest of pieces.
If you would consider this, it would help our community both locally and globally to stay focused on making art, music, and also continuing to build really important life skills for a long and prosperous future for all of us!