Why choose the Violin?
Violin is the third most popular instrument for beginners. The violin is a beautifully expressive instrument, similar to the range of the female voice. It may be argued that it is the most similar instrument to the singing voice because of the enormous control, both dynamically and in tone and color. It is small and compact, and unlike other instruments, can easily be taken along for out of town practicing. Because the music for violin is written on a single line, it is generally easier to learn to read on the violin, compared with say the piano where two lines are required for the two hands. The versatility of the instrument is one of its great strengths, it is incredible as a solo instrument, but also blends beautifully with other strings making it a great ensemble instrument. A violinist can enjoy playing with others, whether its a band, a string quartet, or even a full orchestra.
When should my child start taking Violin Lessons? Usually age 5 and up. The question is challenging to answer because it depends on so many factors. If there is a real genuine interest, how much practicing is done at home, and of course a natural affinity for the instrument or not. Young students should be gently encouraged to practice with an emphasis on keeping it fun.
How long does it take to learn to play the Violin?
There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term-basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable. The best results are found with consistent practice and performance goals. To see great results, at least a year commitment is needed.
Is it too late to learn the Violin?
This is a question we frequently get from adults. We believe that its never too late to learn anything, and feel that in fact adults have some advantages that can help them learn faster. For example many have a more refined ability to understand the instrument intellectually, and typically a longer attention span. Our violin teachers really enjoy working with adult students