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January 17, 2010 at 08:47 PM · According to my parents, when I was three I saw an orchestra in tv and I told them I wanted to play violin. They had already decided their children would all take private music lessons, so they bought me a violin and I started lessons. From age three to twelve I didn't love the violin, but I didn't hate it. It was just something I did. When I was twelve I finally learned how to read music, joined a youth orchestra, and switched to a teacher who had her more advanced students play in weddings as a group and suddenly I loved violin! It had taken me nine years to get through Suzuki books 1-5 because I played by ear and I didn't like practicing, but once I learned to read music I started zipping through Doflein and Suzuki books! When I was thirteen I began teaching a few homeschool friends and found my true calling, to be a violin teacher. I later entered college as a violin performance student, but carpal tunnel and arthritis forced me to switch to a B.A. in music. I recently graduated with my degree in music, I play in a local orchestra, and I love my job as a private violin instructor! I teach from my house, I make decent money, and I set my own schedule. I honestly love my job. My sister also plays violin and is finally old enough and advanced enough to play with me in weddings so we have been doing that for the last year or so. That's my story. Hopefully there is much, much more to it in the coming years! 2b1af7f3a8