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Frequently Asked Questions
LEARN TO PLAY THE VIOLIN
Is it hard to learn the violin?
Can you teach yourself to play violin?
What age is too late to learn violin?
How long does it take to learn the violin?
Can I learn violin in 6 months?
Why is violin so difficult?
How long of a lesson should I take?
For children 5 to 9 years old, a 45 minute musical lesson is sufficient. For studnets 9+ years and students who have specific musical goals such as playing in orchestra, a full 1 hour lesson is a better investment. For any advanced players a 1 hour lesson is highly recommended.
Do I need my own instrument?
Can we split a 60 minute lesson into two lessons?
If you have two students wanting to learn, we are able to divide a 60 minute lesson into two 30 minute lessons.
What happens if I leave for 2 months and come back?
If you are leaving for 30 days or longer, you have the option of holding your time and teacher for when you return by paying your normal monthly tuition.You may also withdraw completely and re- register when you return, however your time and teacher may not be available.
Do you accept the government’s Creative Kids Voucher?
Currently we are only accepting Creative Kids Voucher in NSW. We hope to accept the government voucher in other states soon.
Do I need to travel anywhere for my lessons?
We will come to your home, meaning you don’t have to fight traffic to get to after school lessons.
How can we access the MyMusicStaff student portal?
You can visit https://app.mymusicstaff.com/ to log into the student portal. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your login details.
Is my child too young to start music lessons?
How old should my child be to begin music lessons?
Children as young as five can begin learning their instrument and basic music theory.
We are very experienced in tutoring young children who are complete beginners, and have all the patience and personality needed to engage your child and give them best start in their musical journey.
Is a 45 minute lesson too long for my child?
In our 45 minute lessons, we are able to cover music theory, technical skills alongside the songs we teach. These important aspects of musical education are often skipped over in 30 minute lessons.
How do I know my child is progressing ?
To keep our students learning and progressing, we use the Musical Ladder system. Every 3 months our students take a test with their teacher to make sure they are absorbing the material in the lessons and making progress. Our students love this system as they get to earn cool colourful wristbands and certificates as well as trophies for their achievements! Our teachers also will take the time to conference
What happens if I ( my child ) gets sick and can’t make a lesson one day?
We have group make up classes on the weekend, that are age and level appropriate. You can sign up online for as many as you would like and the make up never expires, meaning you can take the make up class a week or 2 months later.
What are your teachers qualifications?
We are highly experienced in teaching students of all ages and skill levels, and have completed the relevant exams that allow us to teach. All teachers have undertaken a government certified “Working with children” police check.
BOOKING A LESSON
How does booking lessons work?
We offer weekly lessons, scheduled at the same time each week, with your teacher. Our lessons run throughout the school terms.
How frequently do I need to pay for lessons?
Students have the option of paying per month or term. Invoices are sent to students on a termly basis, so please let us know if you prefer monthly billing.
How does the payment work?
We ask all students to pay via direct debit or credit card. Our teachers will not accept cash. Lessons are prepaid to guarantee your placement.
Why Should You Take Violin Lessons?
Violin Teachers for Kids
our instructor have a lot of experience with total beginners, and know how to guide them through to an advanced level.
Violin Teachers for Adults
We have a large group of adult students that enjoy weekly lessons with us.
An instrument that has been loved by many around the world and across time, the violin is a small instrument capable of producing a range of beautiful sounds and melodies and many people have taken violin lessons over the years.
However, it is not the easiest instrument to master. With plenty of technical demands, virtuosic literature, and physical needs, one must maintain and practice the instrument to understand and overcome its challenges.
If you are interested in violin lessons in the private space of your own home either for a child or as an adult you should consider violin lessons with Music Lessons Academy New Zealand.
Unlike keyboard instruments such as piano, string instruments require an impeccable ear to produce good intonation. This is because the pitch of the sound changes as the musician slides her fingers along the strings. Unlike the guitar, the four major orchestral string instruments do not have frets.
Sometimes when learning the instrument, beginner students will place tape on the different positions of the violin to learn the distances. However, many musicians, especially those who are very young, learn to develop their ears simply with practice and learn to coordinate the pitch of the note with the placement of their fingers. All learning progress is personal to how quickly you can pick up the techniques of how to play.
As scientists from the University of Iowa have stated, “Violins did not evolve; rather, the behaviour of the violin makers evolved.” The violin seemingly appeared out of nowhere in the mid-1500s in northern Italy. Unlike an instrument like the modern piano, which underwent several developments, the first appearances of the violin are virtually the same as the modern-day violin. Variation in the size of sound holes and other physical attributes of the violin changed depending on the maker and their musical motivations.
Today in 2021, the violin is a major component of classical music ensembles. The concertmaster, or the leader of the violin section (and by default the rest of the orchestra), is a violinist. The violin is also a major element of chamber music literature: string trios (violin, viola, and cello), string quartets (two violins, viola, and cello), and in piano duets (in the case of sonatas or as an accompaniment). Many composers from Beethoven to Stravinsky wrote huge works for chamber music which are still played and enjoyed today for people of all ages. You can find classical pieces online to listen to, young people can learn a lot from classical music pieces.
If you are looking into picking up music lessons and becoming a violin student, contact us at Music Lessons Academy New Zealand to find out more details, we have fantastic music teachers all around New Zealand from Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury and Otago looking to help make students love to play music. We provide private in-home lessons or offer online violin lessons which are especially useful in covid lockdowns when you want to continue learning to play the violin.
Holding The Violin
Rest the violin on your collarbone and support it slightly with the left hand, and the shoulder. Next, gently rest the side of your face on the instrument to add a little stabilizing weight.. Make sure your violin is held parallel to the floor. Because the left hand must move somewhat freely up and down the neck of the violin during performance, it is best if not too much support is required from the left hand. Practicing letting go briefly of the left hand can help ensure that your shoulder collarbone and head are really doing most of the work to support the instrument. Walking around a little while holding the instrument can help train you to be more comfortable. sliding the left hand up and down the neck will help prepare you for the next steps.
Bow Hand Position
Practicing a good bow hold is crucial to good sound production. A good bow hold is controlled, yet flexible. Place your right hand on the bow, with your thumb, slightly curved, gently inside the frog, (the cutout just before the hairs of the bow). Lay the remaining finger over the top of the bow, slightly spread out. Curve the pinky slightly and place it near the end of the bow, on top, in a way that it can control the tilt of the bow. It takes some practice for the pinky to get used to controlling the tilt of the bow, and to be well balanced. The bow hold should never be squeezed. Next, when drawing the bow across the strings, make sure that the shoulder is low and relaxed, and that the joints of the elbow and wrist are interconnected. The bow eventually should feel as an extension of the arm, rather that seperate.
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