I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but I am wondering about the pace of learning of typical working adult (~ 30 years old) learning violin.
I have work (PhD research work, really) that takes the usual daytime and sometimes often the night, and it's hard to practice consistently. I typically managed to squeeze at least 1 hour a day and at least 3-5 times a week (I know this is too little even if playing "for fun"), and I cannot really practice too late since other people living with me require some peace (walls are thin...).
I am basically at 2.5-year mark, taking 30-minute lesson per week (36 lessons per academic year), and as far as I can tell my teacher has been excellent and meticulous. However, I feel like my pace is too slow ~ I am still at midpoint of Suzuki book 2, RCM Violin Repertoire book 2, and also at the beginning of "Level 4 scale" of RCM Preparatory-4 Techniques and Etudes book.
I am wondering if for working adults this growth is too slow (I actually am not sure about grading systems and levels that exist). For example,
- Is there a rough estimate of what a typical working adult can achieve with X hours per day in Y number of years? Or is it simply wrong to measure progress by time? Does this vary greatly with people?
- Is the slowness mostly due to "wrong" practice at home?
- Any other similar experiences with the same instrument or other instruments?
It does not help that I probably will have to move from place to place (country to country) once every two years or so after I graduate from PhD, which is why I am hoping to find a way to sustain this in near future. At the very least I have learnt to cope with the fact that young kids around me, sometimes below 12, can play much much better than I do.
Any thoughts, advice or personal experience would be great!
UPDATE: Seeing all the comments and answers, I decided to consider this question answered (even though I cannot give the right answer for every comment. Thanks everyone for your thoughts.
Overall, I should mention that since I am doing PhD in physics, which by nature is depressing enough (job prospect wise), actually my violin progress right now would have made me feel better about my life, so I am not really dissatisfied or anything like that. This post should help me navigate violin and physics for some time to come, and I appreciate everyone's help!