Still Irks Me Years Later

@irishidid (8734)
United States
September 19, 2016 10:14pm CST
A friend sent me an invitation to a page for her daughter's band field trip fund raiser. I didn't mind helping out a bit. While I was looking through the things they are selling I couldn't help but recall when I wanted to be in band. I had chosen the violin as the instrument I wanted to learn. I remember the music teacher taking my hands, looking at them, turning them over and announcing I had viola hands and that's what I'd be given to learn. Viola? What the heck? Viola? I didn't want to play the viola! I was so upset that I flat refused to even join band. Funny thing is history repeated itself the same exact way when my oldest also wanted to play the violin. She was told she couldn't and had to play the viola because, you guessed it, viola hands! As with me, she also didn't take it well. While the teachers may have been right, that's not the point. If either one had explained why the viola opinion was better for us rather than just declaring we had viola hands and had let us try the violin maybe we would have come to find the viola was the way to go. I'd still rather have the violin
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@polyxena (2573)
• Sturgis, Michigan
20 Sep 16
While I do believe that the teacher may be right, I also see that it's probably better to let the kid decide, or like you've said why the viola may be a better option, because the way I see it, when kids are in band or any extra curricular activity happiness comes into play, and as happiness comes into play, playing the violin vs the viola may seem a little problem but for a child, it might be the one thing they resent in their younger years.
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@irishidid (8734)
• United States
20 Sep 16
I think if the teacher had just let me try the violin the results may have been different.
@polyxena (2573)
• Sturgis, Michigan
20 Sep 16
@irishidid Very true.
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Sep 16
the teacher should have done more explaining why she thought that way to young people as that did not help to just say you had'viola hands. she should have given some reasons she just turned you off music that way.
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@irishidid (8734)
• United States
20 Sep 16
I did learn to play the organ though. Just not from that teacher!
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Sep 16
@irishidid yes I do n ot blame you lol
@TRBRocks420 (82777)
• Banks, Oregon
20 Sep 16
I would rather have the violin too. I briefly had a clarinet, but didn't stick with it.
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@irishidid (8734)
• United States
20 Sep 16
I believe that's what my mom played in high school band. She didn't stick with it after ether though.
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• Philippines
20 Sep 16
maybe they shouldn't have judge the person's ability to play instrument by looking at the hands alone. What a waste of time, I mean what if they think you got guitar hands but you are actually born for the drums. That kind of measuring talent should stop.
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@snowy22315 (52841)
• United States
20 Sep 16
hmmm
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