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Lesson FAQs

What is a good age to start violin lessons?

The best age to start violin lessons is at about 6 years. Depending on the maturity of the child and his or her fine motor skills, as early as four years old is possible. After that, one can start learning the violin at any age. Adults and parents of students find it rewarding to take up the instrument, as they gain a real appreciation for what it takes to make music with a bow and four strings.

Is there anything I can do to prepare my child for violin lessons?

Giving them frequent exposure to violin music, both recorded and live, makes a big difference. Be sure to take them to age-appropriate symphony and youth orchestra concerts. Come hear our student recitals, or any student recital! When children see their peers perform, they are more inclined to want to play, too.

Young children, ages 2-4, like to pretend to play the violin with a "shoe box" violin. Use a small cardboard box (a real shoe box is usually too large) and attach a well-sanded dowel to one end. The child can draw strings on the box and use a pencil to bow. It is a good way to start learning how to care for the instrument, too.

Should I attend my child's lessons?

Parents should plan on being involved in their child's lessons and individual practice time up until about age nine. This arrangement can continue as long as it is mutually agreeable, but usually tensions start to arise between the child and parent surrounding practice and lessons at about age ten. As a caring parent, sometimes it is hard to let go of this resposibility--especially after having helped them in their practice for many years. Yet, it is important to give them their musical freedom when they request it.

Siblings and friends in lessons are sometimes a good thing, but can easily be a distraction to the student. Please ask your teacher before bringing a sibling or guest. Parents need to attend to siblings during lesson times or make other arrangements for them.

How much practice is enough?

When it comes to practice time, we emphasize quality over quantity. As a general rule, the students should practice at least 30 minutes each day for a 30-minute lesson, 45 minutes a day for a 45-minute lesson, and so on. For students under the age of 6 and beginners, 20 mintes a day is sufficient. The most important practice days are the first day after a lessons and the day before a lesson. It is okay to take one day off from practicing each week. The only way to make progress is to practice regularly and it is a requirement for all our students. Please see our Tips page for more information.

What if I need to miss a lesson?

Lesson continuity is extremely important for progress. Please discuss with your teacher as soon as you can any conflicts that require you to miss a lesson. For emergencies or illness, please call as soon as you can to let us know and to schedule a make up lesson. We will bill for all other missed lessons without at least 24-hours notice.