Violins are available in many different sizes, from full-size (called 4/4), all the way down to 1/16th size for very small children. It is generally impractical to buy small violins, as children grow, so consider a rental program. Once your child reaches full size you can invest in a good Violin, one that reflects your musical growth and potential. Viola sizing for young children can range from a Violin that has been strung with Viola strings, to a small viola (usually slightly bigger than a full-sized Violin). Our teachers can make a good recommendation for the correct size, but one of our recommended retailers will also be able to size your child for the right instrument.
We are very big on basics, as they provide you the necessary skills to get to your musical interests sooner! Many people are interested in pursuing Royal Conservatory Examinations, or just RCM repertoire to advance in a a measured way. Others want to play Jazz, pop music, country music, and contemporary music. We can also help you prepare for University or College Violin auditions.
We will be happy to recommend a reliable retailer to set you up with the correct instrument for you.
Adult Violin and Viola students will always be on a full-sized instrument, and should not worry too much about an expensive instrument or bow in the beginning. Getting the basics of bowing, and technique down can take some time. Once you have achieved good playing basics, you can look at switching from an inexpensive rental or purchase to something a little more advanced.
Give us a call now and we’ll be happy to give you information about teachers, scheduling, and pricing, so you are well informed. We look forward to speaking with you!