History and Information
The violin is a bowed stringed instrument that originated in Europe around the 16th century. It is the highest member of the violin family. It is sometimes called the fiddle, although this refers more to technique and repertoire than the instrument itself. There is an extensive repertoire for the violin, encompassing almost every genre of music.
When to Start
Students can start violin lessons around age 4, depending on a their dexterity and fine motor skills. Some students may be able to start earlier, but we recommend starting very young students on an instrument with the potential for more immediate success, such as the piano. The violin requires a certain amount of care, as both the instrument and the bow are fragile. Most instructors will incorporate reading music into their lessons, so students should know at least some reading and counting fundamentals.
Getting a Violin
There are many brands and models of violins available for rent or purchase. For very young students, you may want to consider renting instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). Most stores provide repair services for instruments that they rent out. We can give you recommendations for places near you to buy or rent your violin. Please contact us, and be sure to include your location!
[Please note: A used violin is not necessarily inferior to a new one. In fact, older instruments will often be easier to play and have a better sound quality. Watch out for any large cracks or open seams, but most wear and tear due to age will not affect the playability or sound of the instrument.]
Books and Supplies
Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate. Most books and many supplies, including strings and rosin, are available online. We can recommend stores near you where you can purchase supplies and music for your violin, if you prefer to do so in person. Please contact us, and again, remember to tell us where you live!
**Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.**