Your first violin teacher is VERY important. It doesn't work to go to just any old violinist who says they can teach you.
Here are a few guidelines that can tell you a little about the quality of teaching that you are going to get.
1. LESSON STRUCTURE/LENGTH
You can tell a lot about a teacher by the length of lesson a teacher works in.
Beginners often have group lessons, BUT BEWARE! Any more than 3 or 4 in a group is TOO MUCH and they physically will not be able to focus on you enough.
For a beginner half an hour is optimum, as with intensive teaching an hour can be too long to concentrate for and also beginner muscles are not up to playing for that long.
SO..... If they offer you hour long individual lessons they probably are just trying to get more money out of you. Likewise, if they are cramming 7 of you into one half an hour class they are just in it for the money.
The best lesson format would probably be for one or two students for half an hour.
Be very careful around a teacher who says they can get you through grades quickly (and even skip some). There is a reason for the natural progression of the grades and often teachers who say that they can get you through it quickly aren't focused on what is really important which is turning you into a decent musician and violinist.
Be careful if it looks like they are going to just teach you the things you need to know for each exam.
3. CAN THEY PLAY THE VIOLIN?
Ask to hear them play!
Listen to a few violinists on YouTube and see whose playing you like, then when you hear the teacher play you can compare it to what you like.
Good luck and if you have any questions please do fill in our contact form at the bottom of the page.