Annika has been playing the violin for one year. She started in October 2012. She has had one recital and one event where she has had to play in front of people. It's been good and with each performance she gets more comfortable in the public eye.
She loves it. She hates it. I see too many good things coming from the violin to let her stop. It's developing her focus and her awareness that doing something everyday, even for a little bit, has a huge impact. We practice about 5 days a week for anywhere from 15-20 minutes. I saw her hold a cup the other day and realized she has developed dexterity and strength in ever single finger in both of her hands. She has violin hands! I love it. Today I saw her play with a sense of ownership i've never seen before. Confidence is building. This is why we do it. Personal growth and confidence.