I am an adult student, in my second semester of instruction. I have a wonderful, patient instructor. He plays for the local symphony, so that's an indication of his level of play as well as his love for the violin. He tells me that "the violin is the only instrument that has the closest sound to the human voice!" My problem with him? When I am around him, I get so nervous I tense up, I can barely read my notes (after hours of practice) and my playing sounds like a sick cat! How can I eliminate my anxiety when I am with him?
I am also an adult student. From my vantagepoint it makes sense to be nervous if this is only your second semester of study. Taking lessons is a bit like going to an oral exam. The teacher hears what you have accomplished and then critiques. Since you probably are quite competent in your professional work, and have managed to handle life successfully, it can be a bit unnerving to try hard to do something well only to discover at the time of the exam that you don't perform as well as you think you should. Give yourself more time, maybe mention it to your instructor if you feel comfortable doing that, and remember that all that your instructor wants to do is to help you improve. That involves making and correcting mistakes, which could be a bit humbling, but good for the soul.
Holly, thank you. You are correct. I began studying the violin about 10 years ago and stopped because I became frustrated with my progress.