I’ve noted in recent years that young people seem to be learning to play violin and even using it for “pop” genres, as opposed to strictly classical music. In my time — in the 1960’s — traditional rock instruments were in vogue — guitars, drums, etc. I was definitely in a minority as a string player as a teen. I wonder if the prevalence of Suzuki instruction for the very young, which was unavailable to me as a child of the 1950’s, is to be credited. Any ideas, theories, or experiences others would like to add?
Perhaps it’s due to the Suzuki book, or perhaps it could also be due to people being able to afford the instrument and the lessons? Also, online lessons have become more ubiquitous these days, such as Michael’s lessons. That makes it easy for anyone to learn it in the comfort of their own home!
The popularity in the most recent years, I think, can be directly correlated to YouTube. If you’re not familiar with Lindsey Stirling at all, please look her up and you’ll see, by far, the most popular violinist for the younger generation. She is a rockstar and she isn’t known for tradition classical styles. Young players want to be like her. Another is Kevin Olusola, who first gained attention as the beatboxing cellist. He is very well-trained classically, but he mixed together genres in a new way. He’s also now a member of the A Capella super group, Pentatonix.