Ok, here’s a little secret that NOBODY knows. Well, perhaps some people know it. Alright, maybe EVERYONE knows it. But for those of you who DON’T know, lean in a little closer, and I’ll tell you something.
I don’t have a college degree.
I’ll wait for your gasps of horror and shock to subside.
I know, I know.
I MEANT to, honest. But there was that trip to Europe. And the Air Force. And a career. And marriage. And kids.
And somehow, amidst all that, the time just slipped away.
But now, NOW… I have the “back to school” bug.
It started when the local community education fall catalogs started arriving in the mail. I like community ed. So many possibilities. Cooking classes, arts & crafts, local history…. I bookmarked a couple dozen classes for further review.
Then the girl went back to college with a shiny new backpack. And I started thinking about REAL school.
I could get a real, computery degree. Or an MBA. Hmmm.
Then Himself brings home an Art History college textbook he found for his daughter, a craigslist purchase that sounded for all the world like a made-for-television drug deal. A meeting was arranged in a convenient parking lot, cash was handed over, and we have … a used TEXTBOOK!
I’ve never taken an Art History course. I bet I’d LIKE it.
I like history. I could “study” history, instead of just reading about it on my own. That would be fun.
Maybe my fairy godmother will come and bestow on me (with full flourishes, fanfare, and sparkly fairy dust, please) full tuition for the North Bennett Street School.
The violin making program.
On their first instruments, students learn the basic procedures and techniques of violin construction. The principal objective of the first year is to have students learn the proper use and care of hand tools, the properties of wood, and critical specifications of traditional instrument patterns, while making two violins. During the second and third years students develop varnishing and set-up skills, including cutting bridges, fitting sound posts, planing fingerboards and proper use of glues and clamps, while making a viola, a cello, and five additional violins.
How cool would THAT be?!?!
Do you suppose you need to know how to play the violin in order to be a good violin maker?