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Video:Learning Violin for Kids

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Learn violin for kids so that they can familiarize themselves with this classic instrument from an early age. Here are some tips on how to learn violin for kids.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learning Violin for Kids

Violin, viola and cello are often among of the first instruments introduced to budding young musicians. Although typically considered a classical instrument, the violin is more versatile than you might think, and can be a ton of fun to learn.

While the violin originated in 16th-century Italy, today it is not only used to play classical music, but also rock and roll, jazz, and folk music, where you might also hear it called, "a fiddle."

While many people see the violin as an instrument that's taught only in private lessons or in school, learning to play at home with a parent has proven to be one of the best ways to learn.

Learn Violin for Kids Using Suzuki Method

The Suzuki Method is a teaching philosophy that utilizes a nurturing approach to learning the violin. It encourages learning from a very young age under the supervision of a parent and later in group settings, and focuses on small, incremental steps and first learning to play by ear.

Suzuki instruction can start as young as 3-5 years old, and de-emphasizes public performances at first in order to keep the process as natural and enjoyable as possible.

Learning to read music is another important part of playing the violin, and is essential down the road for playing as a member of an orchestra. Violin music is written in Treble clef and is relatively easy to learn, although philosophies like Suzuki do not incorporate it until students are a little older.

Which makes sense if you start playing when you're 3. I don't think I could even say violin when I was 3.

Buy a Violin for Kids

Violins are made in many different sizes in order to accommodate young learners. Depending on the age of your child, you may select a three-quarters, half, quarter, or even sixteenth-sized instrument. Taking your kids to a reputable string shop and having them measured is the best way to determine the right size.

And so you're not buying a new violin every six months for your future Izthak Perlman, Boyd Tinsley or Christian Howes, know that it's very common to rent violins, especially early on. That way you can start saving up for that Stradivarius your kid wants for Christmas down the road.

I'm Jonathon Stewart with About.com.
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