Question 20: Brianne wants to play violin

Bravo, Brianne! Playing a musical instrument is great idea. But Brianne's plan to play beautiful music has a bit of a problem. See if you have any advice for her!

Dear PLS,
I really, really want to take violin lessons, but they are too expensive. What should I do?
Brianne, 11

Has this ever happened to you? You really, really, REALLY wanted to do something but your mom or dad said no, it was too expensive? It sounds like that's what's happening to Brianne. Here's my idea for how she can still keep her violin dreams.

I think Brianne should tell her music teacher at your school about the problem. Does he or she have any ideas on how you could get lower-cost lessons? What about the band teacher (if they have one) or the school counselor?

Maybe there's a music school in town that offers scholarships to worthy students? Any other ideas out there? Does anyone play an instrument? Let's encourage Brianne!

Think pink!


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

you could ask your music teachers for lessons and to borrow a violin after school, or see if anyone you know wants to teach you violin for a low price or free.

January 4, 2012 at 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wanna play too so i get what ur talking about. Just play it cool be respectful MAKE GOOD GRADES parents luv that so if u do it they might have second thoughts.

sorry thats all i have,

January 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Shelly said...

Hi Brianne
Mabey see if there are group lessons .they are cheaper And u learn the same.i learned the flute in group lessons and
Now I can play any tunes .if not Mabey get a part time extra chores in the house or do jobs for neahburs and friends.if u do that for about 4 months. U will have enough money for about 6 months.either way good luck.

January 5, 2012 at 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could try renting, but if it's still too expensive, try raising money or saving up!
Hope this helps :)

January 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous FluffyBunnySocks said...

Im learning guitar. My mom got a learn at home kit on how to learn the guiter. Maybe your parents can do the same for the vilon?

January 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Mere said...

My sister is having the same problem as you. She plays 3 sports, and plays the piano and loves it all. She wants to play violin, but my mom says it's too expensive. My little sister freaked out and yelled at my mom and said she doesn't understand. That just made my mom not want her to play more. So, try talking to your mom calmly without yelling and screaming. Tell her how you feel, and she might reconsider her decision. If not, don't lose hope! Maybe a friend has a violin and will be willing to teach you for free? Or maybe your cousin has an old violin she is willing to give you for free. Worst case scenario, you get a violin but no teacher. That's ok! Try teaching yourself. maybe buy a how-to booklet like "FluffyBunnySocks" said. I will pray for what's best for you! Trust me, I'm praying right now!

January 5, 2012 at 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, maybe you could get a part time job or a little xtra money somehow and you could ask about lower paying lessons. keep up the good work! ("music makes you smarter!") hope i helped!

January 5, 2012 at 8:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i play violin and at first my parents thought the same thing.if you really want this and you will really commit to it and play your violin regularlay than tell your parents that i told mine that i promised i was going to work hard on my violin not slack off pay attention in lessons and really practice. when they saw that i wasnt lying they let me do it. mabey you should try that

January 5, 2012 at 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard of videos or classes online. Find a site get a violin a go!

January 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

Maybe getting a little job could help (ex. babysitting, raking leaves, shovelling snow) or something like that could help!

January 6, 2012 at 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Love Pink said...

An easy way to earn xtra money is 2 do odd jobs 4 ur neighbors and maybe start babysitting for little periods of time. All of ur money will add up eventually. I suggest taking a babysitting class 1st and they normally give u some tools that will help u publicize yourself so that u can earn little bits of money at a time. Hope this helped!!

January 6, 2012 at 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, a part time job or doing chores for your parents

January 8, 2012 at 5:06 PM  
Anonymous red jay said...

ya! i wanted to play the drums but it was to much money! so i just started a bank accout and did some house hold work!

January 9, 2012 at 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I play violin myself!
I want to play accordion but my mom said the same thing as your parents, so now I plan to do accordion in collage.
Maybe that plan will agree with you and your family?

January 9, 2012 at 7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so happy you want to play violin! I have been playing it since I was 5, I'm 12 now, and I still think it's really fun! But I also know how it feels to be told that I can't have something. Do your very best to earn a reasonable amount of money to help pay for lessons. What you could also do, is ask around, see if you know anyone who have some older friends or siblings that could teach you for very little to no money. Hope this helps!

Yours, qwerty

January 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey I know what you mean, I got a violin for Christmas but lessons were too expensive. Try looking up violin classes much earlier or later in the day; the classes with the most in-convenient times should be the least amount of money ��

January 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM  
Anonymous UNNone said...

You should try to start a business. Like babysiting or card making.

January 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it costs too much then see if school can help you out. Some schools give free music lessons on certain instruments. If they dont, why not self teach yourself, by getting a music book or something!?

January 11, 2012 at 2:01 PM  
Anonymous UNICORNS said...

Dear Brianne,
You should look up online violin lessons. They are pretty cheap.

January 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Alexis and I play the Viola! And most lessons are expensive. It all depends on how many hours you do. Most lessons can cost about 100 or more an hour. But like half of orchestra music/arts teachers can give lessons. Like my teacher he only has 30 dollars an hour! So basiclly just ask a teacher that could help with lessons.

January 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM  
Anonymous AskLily said...

I play violin, and I didn't get it at first, but some of my friends played, so I asked them to come over to my house and explain. It was free, and I got to spend quality time with my friends. Best of luck, Brianne

January 14, 2012 at 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brianne, you could do extra chores or be a babysitter or mother's helper to earn money to pay for the lessons yourself. You could also see if your school has a band or an orchestra you could join and learn how. Hope this helps you! :-)

January 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM  
Anonymous trumpet lover said...

O please help me,PLS!!!!!!!! I play the trumpet, and we were playing this song, and someone called me a show off! I am not trying to do that, it's just this stuff comes easily to me. My crush who also plays the trumpet, said I was the best one in the class. (how sweet, he doesn't even know!) help me! i am not trying to show off!

January 18, 2012 at 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well i take vilion lessons in school.And i think that's so cool to love vilions and want to know how to play it! well
1)Ask your parents if they have enough money.
2)Relax everything is gunna be fine..just wait untill it's time.
3)don't be celebrating once your parents think they can get you in vilion lessons cause it might not happend. Good Luck & Think Pink!

January 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM  
Anonymous trumpet lover said...


January 20, 2012 at 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

go on you tube. Their are lots of great vidos there that will tell you how to teach yourself. dont give up your music dream! i play violin myself and it is great fun!!

January 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask around and see if any of your friends know someone who plays the violin. Maybe that person could give you some lessons just to get you started. There are so many tutorials online and in music books. Just look around. Maybe the girl who sits behind you in science would be willing to teach you violin.

January 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM  
Anonymous trumpet lover said...

Please, PLS!!!! I beg you! what do you do if someone calls you a show off?! I don't want to be annoying, but I am still not over it!

January 25, 2012 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Tuu said...

Tell them at least u have something to show off!! If they are really ur friends they will know why u r doing it!!!

January 28, 2012 at 12:50 AM  
Anonymous ViolinGirl said...

It's so cool you want to play violin. I have played for 4 years and love it. Right now it's my career choice! When I started playing I took group lessons at school. Many schools offer free or cheap strings programs where you would take lessons with other violinists, violists, and cellists. Somtimes they will even let you borrow a violin. Consider renting one, they are cheaper that way and if your smaller when you grow you can trade it in for the next size up. If your school does not offer any strings programs, maybe you and your friends could talk to the principle about getting one. Also tell your parents how much you want to do this. If you end up with a violin, practice, practice practice!!!!! Show your parents you are serious. I hope I helped and don't give up on your dream. Play on!!

January 28, 2012 at 3:19 AM  
Anonymous trumpet lover said...

Dear Tuu,
Thank you for the advice, but the girl who said that can be a little... you know, er... bossy sometimes, but she is still my friend. I couldn't say that though. I don't have the nerve.

January 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would try getting into the music program at your school. I play clarinet, but I can only be in the band class at school because lessons are too expensive. Good luck!

February 13, 2012 at 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i play the violin and its really fun! you get to do do concerts. how about you look up classes online. if you dont have access to the internet maybe you could ask someone who has some sort of relation to a violin or someone who knows a violinist? good luck babes im 15 and every body in my town knows me im famous in my town again good luck remember if u can try and rent a violin just in case u dont like it have fun! xxxxxxx

February 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you could try to have a tag sale, bake sale, or a lemonade stand and you could use the money you get to pay for some of it. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Bryn said...

If you are not in middle school yet, I will tell you this: At the middle school I go to, you can learn an instrument as one of your classes for the school day and rent a violin for that for 48 dollars. Good deal, huh? I play violin at my school. :) I hope this helps!

March 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Warrior Fireheart said...

I play the french horn. It is fun and I can play star wars,and harry potter theme songs, and fireflies(owl city).Warning, playing a brass insturment causes a numb mouth sometimes. :)

March 6, 2012 at 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same thing's happening to me!! I absolutely LOVE to play the guitar but my parents won't let me because they're too expensive!! All my friends have guitars and know how to play them so I kinda feel left out. I talked to my music teacher about it but she didn't really give me any advice! I know how you feel Brianne!!

April 7, 2012 at 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe u should start saving your money then your parents might pay the other like half the money. See if that works -OK- Jenny

April 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i played violin for 2 years in school in my orchrstra class (4th grade and 5th) im still in 5th grade and its very fun! You could try to see if you could rent one.(I did) and you jusy return it if you stop playing.

May 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you have a violin already you should just go on youtube if that doesn't work don't give up try saving up you allowance GOOD LUCK!!!

May 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i play piano and violin. violin in school orchestra piano not. it's great, music is like second nature and can take your mind off of problems.

June 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Juliett said...

Iv'e been playing violin for four years i know how to play jungle bells, marry had a little lamb, twinkle twinkle little star, Seminole chant forward and backward, and others that i played when i was in second grade, but i don't remember their names. Just ask your parents nicely or ask your music teacher to let you barrow a violin. That's how i started playing.

July 27, 2012 at 7:40 PM  

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