“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

– Pablo Picasso

What best describes your child's level of playing?


They have just started, or are about to start playing and have less than 100 hours of individual practice time. This would be about 1 year if they practiced around 30 minutes per day, 4 days per week, 50 weeks per year. If they don’t practice and just play in orchestra class, this would be less than 3 years.


They’ve been playing for a couple years now and have 100 – 500 hours of individual practice time. They can play loud and soft and have performed at least a few times. They play in rhythm and in tune for the most part and have demonstrated that they can practice consistently.


They’re getting pretty good. They’ve been playing for 3-7 years and have logged from 500 – 5000 hours of practice. Their tone sounds smooth and strong. They’ve performed over a dozen times and you can tell that they’re starting to really play music instead of just playing “the notes”.


They are more than a violin player, they’re a musician. They’ve logged over 5000 hours of practice time and have more performances under their belt than you can remember. You really enjoy listening to them play, and not just because they’re your kid. They even get paid sometimes to play.