VC INSIGHT | Violinist Esther Hoppe – ‘Pupil Dos and Dont’s for a First Lesson’ [BLOG]

In a VC-exclusive visitor weblog, Mozarteum College Salzburg Violin Professor Esther Hoppe shares her ideas on what must be a scholar’s ‘dos and don’t’s for his or her first lesson with a perspective new trainer’.


“Most of us know the scenario while you go and play for a trainer imaginable finding out with … it may be fascinating, eye-opening and necessary on your future – but additionally horrifying, difficult and annoying.

As a Violin Professor on the Mozarteum College, in Salzburg, I get requested by plenty of college students to provide them check out classes. A check out lesson is a crucial alternative to get to know one another.

Educating is all the time a two-way road: it takes each trainer and scholar to make it work, and it’s normally fairly instantly apparent if the collaboration can work or not.

Subsequently I counsel everybody to attempt to get to know a trainer earlier than making use of for his or her class. A trainer who’s nice for somebody is likely to be the improper one for another person!

In that first lesson you give a primary impression of your self – and as everyone knows first impressions are extremely necessary.

This impression is shaped from the second you’re seen till you permit the door. It consists of not solely the way you play, but additionally for instance the way you do a hand shake or the way you react when being requested one thing.

You need to depart the very best impression, so right here’s just a few concepts and a little bit recommendation on learn how to deal with it:


1. Want much less to say, you will need to be ready. Ideally you must carry two contrasting works (how about Bach and Brahms, or Mozart and Sibelius) – I normally let the coed choose the primary piece. Listening to somebody play two contrasting items exhibits if there’s a sensitivity in somebody’s taking part in in the direction of type and character. It could possibly very properly be check out lesson is far shorter than a standard lesson, so don’t take it private in case you get stopped after a couple of minutes. From a trainer’s view: you hear fairly instantly if somebody’s gifted, even when they’re nervous or not warmed up …

2. Be open and respectful in the direction of what the trainer has to say. You would possibly disagree with what you hear, nevertheless it’s not the time to begin discussions and impress the trainer along with your information. And in case you don’t like what you hear, it’s fairly probably that you must search for one other trainer.

three. Get as a lot enter from the trainer as attainable. It’s an opportunity so that you can study! Even when you find yourself finding out with another person, you’ll be able to study from everybody. Hear, pay attention, pay attention, and if vital … 

four. Ask questions. When you have questions, ask them. Possibly higher in the direction of the tip of the lesson, while you really feel that the timing is correct to take action. Know that the taking part in reveals all the things! Attempt to be as trustworthy in your taking part in as attainable, don’t attempt to copy or be another person. In any case, in terms of taking part in, we’re all utterly “bare”about our persona and angle.


– Esther”



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