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19 2011

It's That Time of Year Again


What kind of commemorative photo do you think it is?

These people, including my sister, were players of the violin at a once-yearly recital hosted by a music school my sister belongs to. You see most of them are adults, though three of them are teachers. About a decade ago, at least, more than half of the players were children and students, so why?

As for violin fewer children start learning in comparison to piano, but the problem isn’t that. I've been to the recital every year and feel the number of new children is approximately the same as before.

This is because young children tend not to continue it over the long term in recent years.

I think the children take the occasion of replacement of instrument to leave the school. While a full size violin (4/4) is for violinists who are taller than 145cm, young children age 5 or 7, the average age of children starting the lessons, usually use 1/8, 1/4 or 1/2 violins for body size. Then after 2 or 3 years, they have to replace old one with 1/2 or 3/4.
どうも、楽器の買い替え時期を機に子どもが音楽教室をやめてしまうように思うのです。バイオリンのサイズは分数で表示され、フルサイズの4/4バイオリンはおおよそ身長145cm以上の人向けです。ちょうどバイオリンを始める位の5~7歳の子どもは、1/8、1/4 、1/2サイズを使います。そして2、3年後には1/4 、1/2 、3/4というサイズに買い替えが必要です。


As long as one takes lessons from a violin teacher, one has to have a decent violin, and it’s handsome price. If you get a full size violin, it costs, at least, around 300,000 yen ($3,500), but children who use a small violin for two or three years doesn’t have to have a precious one.

Even so, the children disappear at the time for changing the size without exception these years. More of them used to stick to violin lessons a while longer. I used to remember their names and enjoyed watching their development every year.


Contrarily, the adults constantly continue to take lessons and appear on the stage, and they are progressing by little and little!

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