Our String Lessons include violin, viola and cello.
We use a combination of Traditional and Suzuki methods and focus on developing proper technique and posture, reading music as well as learning by ear, handling and care of the instrument.
One common inquiry among parents is what age to start a child on violin, viola or cello. There is no single concrete number for this, as it depends on the personality of the individual child. At 5-8 years of age, most children are in a state of focus that’s conducive to successful lessons. Some children have been known to do well (on violin in particular) starting at 3-4 years of age if they commonly participate in other activities that require focused attention for thirty or more minutes of time.
Starting string lessons at a young age is rewarding in countless ways. It improves hand eye coordination, since you’re working with both sides of your body as well as your mind to sync up the movement of your fingers with the strokes of the bow. It also helps put a child in the habit of straight posture, which is the correct form for sitting with the violin. As a child begins to read music, it can reflect and enhance their abilities in reading other written languages.
When considering the route of string lessons for your child, you have two options: rent or buy. We recommend initially renting an instrument for a young child. Most rental plans turn into purchase plans if the child has continued interest over the years. A retailer will measure your child’s arms for the appropriately sized instrument, and this size will change as your child grows. Renting allows you to exchange instrument sizes without having to buy and resell smaller instrument as your child grows and develops.
Once your child begins lessons, the instructor will carefully mark the instrument with thin strips of tape to begin to train your child’s fingers to find the correct places on the strings. These tapes are typically removed over the course of a few years, depending on the age and progress of the child. The student will first learn to pluck the notes on the strings, to become acquainted with the pitches, then slowly they will begin to pick up the bow and use it regularly on the strings.
Private lessons take place weekly and are 30 or 45min in length based on student’s age and level.
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