Kristen Stadelmaier

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  1. I'm not Suzuki certified, but have picked up some tips and tricks from colleagues who are. I teach a modified Suzuki curriculum that I created and that seems to work out splendidly, and I do not call myself a Suzuki teacher. Philip and I have had some great conversations about Suzuki and other methods, and I've learned a lot. I would love to take at least the beginning course to broaden my horizons, but, as previously mentioned, ya girl's a poor grad student and I've gotta pay for 8 grad credits in the fall. Please pray for me
  2. I agree that dispelling wisdom and experience to those less wise and less experienced is fine and encouraged, as I'm still learning too, but there is never any reason to say something nasty. Even if something was a stupid move or a dumb question, there's always a kind way to address it. There's no need to be so caustic in responses. I think you're right, a lot of people put their self-worth in their belongings, but I am not one of them. I know who I am and where my self-worth lies. I'm extremely protective of my Grandpa's violin because he and I were incredibly close, and I'm astounded that even with the knowledge that this instrument means so much to me, people will disregard it and be nasty because it's not a violin that they'd consider twice. So yes, I might get a little bit hurt when people pass judgement when they have never heard it. It's amazing to me how coarse some are in their responses. As for this new violin, I have a good feeling about it. I'm not such a newbie that I can't distinguish a poorly constructed violin from a decent one, and once I had it in my hands, I felt like it will work out just fine as a teaching and backup instrument, despite the repairs it needs. I got my viola on ebay too, and it's gorgeous. I've gotten many compliments on it from colleagues and friends, and some are of astonishment when I tell them where I got it. It's not worth a whole lot, but it's extremely resonant, responds great, and has a slightly brighter tone (not in a bad way, but I just bought some darker strings for it) for a viola. It blends with other instruments well, and I don't think I'll ever need to upgrade it. But, people on here will say it's trash just because it's an unlabelled Vogtland instrument from the late 19th century. I happen to like German instruments. Sorry for the rant, and no ill will towards those who have not been as kind on here as they could have been.
  3. Thank you, and I agree, it seems that some are more concerned about whether or not it's worth a lot, and if it isn't, that it must be trash, and no one will tell them otherwise. That makes me sad.
  4. Thank you, and I agree, it seems that some are more concerned about whether or not it's worth a lot, and if it isn't, that it must be trash, and no one will tell them otherwise. That makes me sad.
  5. It really does! It's beautiful <3 it does great in chamber and orchestral settings! I'd need brighter strings for solo work, but I don't see myself ever doing a solo with an orchestra, so dark strings are perfect for it.
  6. Yes, as a matter of fact, it is. I never said it was worth thousands and might not be something that you folks would give a second thought to, but it's very dear to me because it's all I have left of my grandfather.
  7. Yeah, in terms of resale value it's not worth much, but it was my grandfather's, so it has high sentimental value. 1880s German, and it's got this beautiful, dark, rich tone and is quite resonant. It's a little odd because it's really fat all around, is 14.25in in body length, and has a really thick neck. That causes it to be difficult sometimes to get up into higher positions with my small hands, but I'll never be at the level of playing that requires me to be in 8th position and higher, so I'm okay with it. But, it's been confirmed three times that it's not a viola but, I love it and I will never give it away. Here are some pics for ya!
  8. He even said my setup was quite good for learning on YouTube and having a bad bridge/nut! Yay!
  9. I've got a nice early 20th century Weichold pernambuco bow that I currently use for my good violin! If it sounds nice, I might just swap it out every day. I've got a heavier 1940s brazilwood bow, but it feels more like a viola bow. I use that one for my viola. It pulls a nice sound out of it
  10. Hey guys!! I took the violin to my luthier, who is very good, and he said I did a great job! He said late 1800s German "Rinaldi" copy, and he said the only thing it needs is a new fingerboard and bridge. The fingerboard had too much of a scoop to fix, and was starting to warp on the bottom. He said with what I paid and what repairs will cost, that I'll still come out under what he would sell it for, and he's extremely honest in his pricing. So, it may not be a real Rinaldi, but it'll do just fine for my kiddos.
  11. I do a modified Suzuki, and Essential Elements for my little ones, and let my kids pick fun music they want to do once they get some good fundamentals. I've got my fourth grader (age 9) whom I started last June already halfway through Suzuki 1 and EE 1, and she's doing G/A 2 octaves, and is constantly asking me for more Disney and real rep. So, I'm always on the hunt for easy versions of rep like Pachelbel (GROAN) and Eine Kleine. She's insatiable in her quest for more music. Once she gets better, I'm going to start her with Irish music. She can already do 6/8! Picked it right up in 20 minutes! The contracting job I have is Suzuki based, so I'm at least going to do the beginning course, as per requirement. It's good to be well-rounded. I'm not a huge fan of teaching REALLY young ones violin. I've got a 4 year old who can't pay attention long enough to even get through the theme of Twinkles, but she does great with writing, counting, and clapping rhythms.
  12. Wanna know something really ironic? My bf is from El Paso, and his parents are there and one of his brothers lives in Austin! We went in March for his niece's wedding and I fell in love with Austin. We're going back for Christmas hopefully! I'd love to move there, but I'm sure my mom would die if I left her LOL!
  13. Thanks Rue! I'm sort of in that limbo stage where I'm not quite there yet in terms of my career, but I still have the financial burdens of someone who IS there. I'm really blessed my parents take pity on me as the starving artist that I am and let me live there for free, especially since I'm 24. I'll try to go up on Friday before I teach! Also, I am selling my Anton Breton violin to my little cousin, but it would benefit from new pegs and a Wittner tailpiece or something similar, even if they're not high end. Is it worth it, since she's family? The pegs work, but get really swollen in the summer to the point where even my boyfriend was having trouble turning them. The tailpiece is a cheap Chinese one and the fine tuners are in rough shape. Maybe I'll order some tuners and install them myself. I'll throw some Tonicas on for her too. I figure I could get $170 or so for the violin, Holtz student bow, and the cheap oblong case.