So you’ve decided to take the plunge and enroll your child in violin lessons. Congratulations! This will be an exciting journey for both of you, as your son or daughter discovers the joy of learning to play and you revel in their success!
What can you expect to happen during your first lesson? This depends to some extent on the age of the child as well as any previous musical experience they may have.
In general, however, we will spend our first lessons getting in touch with our body and the different ways we need to move to play the violin. We will also do some singing and clapping to introduce notions of melody and rhythm, as well as the beginnings of reading music. There may not be any actually playing involved in the first few lessons, as the child first learns how to hold the instrument and the bow, how to make bow strokes and how to position the fingers. But fear not, within a few weeks, we’ll be putting bow to strings and bringing forth our first melodies!
We will also evaluate the child’s needs for violin sizing, and recommend a violin size for purchase/rent. An instrument is required for practice during the week.
Please remember that I require parents to be present for lessons for all kids under 10 years old as this is really the only way you will be able to supervise their practice, by knowing what we’ve talked about during the lessons. Your child will be provided with an exercise book during which we will note the weekly plan. It is very important to bring this book to every lesson as it allows me to see what progress has been made and which areas we still need to work on.
I’m looking forward to meeting you and helping you and your children meet your violin playing goals.