Our private violin teacher told us to get one size instrument (1/2 size), but the people at the violin shop told me to get a larger size (3/4 size) for my nine-year-old son. What should I do?
This is a tricky situation to be in. Violin shops pride themselves on correctly sizing students with instruments. Private teachers pride themselves on knowing what is best for their individual students’ needs and unique circumstances. The first thing I would do is ask your violin teacher why he/she thinks your son should be on a smaller instrument. Perhaps your son is working on building some specific aspect of his technique right now? Perhaps he is delicate boned/slight and your teacher does not want any undue strain on him while he is growing? Communicating reasons to the shopkeepers can then help them to understand that you do respect their expertise, and have a specific reason for requesting a smaller size violin than they recommend.