This is a great article—five-year-old Anna is fantastic!—, and is helpful in alleviating some of my concerns about practice time. I wonder, though, if being in professional school at the same time as learning violin for the first time will make a difference for the worse. It seems to me that starting out, my big concerns would be physical form and scales, both of which could easily fill the low-time-allotment end of the prescription suggested by Michael (60 min/wk). At any rate, great suggestions in this article. Thanks!