Teacher's Spotlight Here's a quick interview with Gina, one of our violin teachers! How long have you playing the violin and why did you pick it up? It’s been a full 11 years since I had my first lesson. My reason for beginning it is a little bit anticlimactic though - I saw a family friend perform and thought they looked cool, so I asked my mum to let me learn violin. It took me a whole six months to finally convince her. What do you like the most about your instrument? The violin is a very sensitive instrument with a massive range of sounds and textures, and it’s always fun to discover new things I can do with it. I like to think it’s almost like having a pet, you grow to understand what makes the instrument happier and behave better if you’ve been spending lots of time and care playing it. What do you like the most about teaching at Cantabile? I like that students at Cantabile are willing to participate in activities and events and sharing music together. You get to see other students playing different kinds of music. Everyone is very friendly and fun to talk to. Quick advice for students: Spend lots of time listening to music as well! Go to concerts, listen to CDs/recordings and go music hunting on YouTube. Try to listen to a lot of genres and styles, share music that you like with your friends and family, or to find songs you want to play. It makes practice more fun if you play songs you like or find new things to try.