Your teacher can help you with that at your first lesson. There are several different sizes of violins. Adults usually get full-size instruments but for children it is more like buying a pair of shoes. As your child gets larger they will need to trade up to a larger instrument, often many times. Most people prefer to rent a violin when their child is young as it is easier and less expensive to trade up to a larger size that way.
That depends a lot on if you are still growing (children) and are committed to learning the instrument. There are decent beginning instruments out there, both used and new for under $200. Please be careful if you are buying used over the internet. We have seen some very unplayable violins come into the school. If you can't consult with your teacher first it is usually best to purchase a violin at a place with a good return policy.
Yes. Many of our classical violin teachers also teach fiddle. Usually fiddle is a reference to using a violin to play folk or improvised music. That is a deep subject and has many different answers. Most people who ask us for fiddle lessons are referring to using a violin to play folk or country music, usually in an improvised way as opposed to using a violin to play classical music that has been written by others. Please see Wikipedia for more info on fiddles.
It depends on where you live and what quality instrument you want. We have an excellent rental program which allows you to change to a larger instrument as the student grows. If you prefer to purchase a violin, Costco.com sells some decent beginner instruments if you can find the size you need. Also, they have a good return policy if your teacher doesn't feel that it is a good instrument for you. For the largest selection of sizes and pricing, it is usually best to check with your local violin dealer.
Five years of age is the youngest we recommend starting children on violin. Violin isn't as easy to learn as piano, so if your child isn't fully committed to learning violin at the age of 5 or 6 we suggest starting them on piano for a year or two first. What they learn about music on the piano can be directly applied to the violin when they start so they will have a much easier time learning it.
Yes. Several of our teachers can teach using traditional and Suzuki methods. Please call us to ask our opinion of the two styles.
Suzuki method focuses a lot on learning to play by ear instead of reading traditional music. That is the overly simplified answer. Which is better? Most teachers feel that a traditional method of learning to read music while also incorporating some ear training and playing by ear Suzuki style is the best approach. Many critics point out that students studying the Suzuki method often have a very difficult time switching over to reading music and playing in a traditional orchestral environment. This has long been debated and you will find many different opinions. It is best to search the web and get answers for yourself as to which method you wish to pursue.
If you have it, bring it, but it is not required. If your child is very small then the first lesson will be more about determining the proper size violin as well as teaching the basics of the instrument and music. Another goal is getting to know the teacher to make sure their personality is a good fit for you or your child.
Definitely! We hold an annual recital each Spring. All students are invited to participate. There is nothing like the feeling of performing. Some people don't want to perform and just prefer to play for their own pleasure. No problem at all. We understand. But if you wish to show off a bit or add some excitement to your life then our recitals are just what you need. Let's have some fun!