Your Complete Guide to the Wonderful World of Violin Lessons

February 25, 2021

Are you looking to learn a new hobby? Maybe you are trying to connect with an old family tradition? Either way, violin lessons are a great way to improve your life!

Taking violin lessons will open you up to a whole new world! Read on to learn about the violin’s history, different genres you can play and how to hire a violin teacher.

What Is the Violin?

The violin is a wooden musical instrument. It is the smallest member of the string family. The string family includes such instruments as the viola, cello, guitar and ukulele.

The viola and cello are the most like the violin. They all have the same general shape but vary in size. It is this variation in size that produces the different ranges of sound they play.

String family instruments are named for the strings stretched across the instrument’s body. Musicians then make the sound by drawing a bow across these strings. In some cases, the strings are also plucked or strummed like with the guitar and the ukulele.

A violinist is someone who plays the violin. Many violinists also teach violin lessons, although some focus solely on composing their own music.

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History of the Violin

According to Lancaster’s Symphony, the violin has existed since the Renaissance period. Leonardo da Vinci was still alive when it was made in Italy around 1520.

The 19th century transformed the violin to become what it is today. During this time contemporary musicians added the chin rest. This allowed violinists to play more comfortably. It also let them hold the instrument in different positions. By holding the instrument in different positions violinists became able to play higher notes. This new range of notes changed violin music forever.

The creation of the violin led to the evolution of other string instruments. By increasing the size of the instrument musicians were able to further expand the range of sound. The viola is slightly larger than the violin, this allows it to play deeper notes. The cello was also created from the violin. The cello is much larger, so it plays even deeper bass notes.

For centuries the violin has helped to create gorgeous symphonies. Throughout history musicians like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven all used the violin to craft musical masterpieces.

Today the violin remains a popular instrument throughout the world!

Fiddle vs Violin

Both the fiddle and violin are the same instrument. Yet there is often much confusion around them. The real difference between fiddle and violin music is the style. Where fiddlers play folk music, violinists often play classical pieces. So, although the instruments are the same, they are different styles.

Are There Different Types of Violins?

There are two main types of violin, the acoustic violin and the electric violin.

The acoustic violin is the traditional form of the instrument. The first violin ever made was an acoustic violin.

The electric violin is a recent adaptation of the instrument. It is mechanically like an electric guitar as it also uses an electric output to make music.

Are There Different Sizes of Violins?

If you are looking to take your child to violin lessons, the size of the violin is a key consideration. Luckily, violins come in many sizes. There are violins available for children as young as 3! Music lessons for kids are a great way to help them improve their confidence and performance skills.

Here is a list of violin sizes for all ages:

  • Ages 3 to 5: For a child between the ages of 3 and 5 years, a 1/16, 1/ 10 or 1,8 is ideal. These sizes accommodate arm lengths between 14 and 17.5 inches.
  • Ages 4 to 10: Either the 1/4 or 1/2 size violin is ideal for children between the ages of 4 and 10 years. These sizes accommodate arm lengths of approximately 17.5 to 22  inches.
  • Ages 9 to 11: The 3/4 size violin is perfect for children between the ages of 9 and 11 years. It accommodates arm lengths around 22 to 23.5 inches.
  • Ages 11 and up: If your child has an arm length of 23.5 inches or is over the age of 11 a full-size violin will work the best.

If your child outgrows their violin, don’t sweat it! There are so many sizes that anyone grown-up or not can play violin at any time!

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Which Genres of Music Can You Play on Violin?

There is a huge range of music styles which you can play with a violin. The violin is a dynamic instrument and is present in most genres of music.

Some of the Most Common Genres of Violin Music


Classical violin music draws upon the traditions of composers like Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. Still, that doesn’t mean all classical music is historical! Many modern violinists regularly compose new classical pieces. This 

style of music is often played in symphonies and orchestras.


Folk music often merges with the category of fiddle music. Both draw upon the traditions of everyday people. People who would play for their families after work, or at a gathering of loved ones. Picture a warm fireplace surrounded by family and friends who listen and dance to a tune on a cold winter’s eve.


The bluegrass genre of music was born in the American South. The first settlers to the area created it when they wrote about their daily lives in song. It gained popularity in the early 1900s when the phonograph spread the music countrywide.


Electric violin music is a more recent addition to the musical world. The violins used to play this are quite different from the acoustic violins used to play other genres. When an electric violinist plays they create an entirely unique sound!

Why Do You Need Violin Lessons?

No matter how old you are learning something new can be intimidating. It is easy to get overwhelmed at the thought of familiarising yourself with a new instrument.

If you have never read sheet music before, it may also seem daunting at first. Having a violin instructor to guide you along the way can help you get rid of any jitters.

A violin teacher can help guide you but that shouldn’t stop you from practising on your own. The more you practice the better you will become, no matter what age you are!

What Are the Benefits of Violin Lessons?

The benefits of violins are endless! Here are some of the top benefits of learning violin:


For children, the violin can help improve language processing abilities and reading skills. Playing the violin is also associated with an improved attention span and stronger memory. This helps children concentrate when in the classroom.


Learning to play the violin can also improve self-confidence for both children and adults. When you can confidently play a tune, no matter the length, you prove to yourself that you can succeed. This confidence can then improve your social skills and ability to make friends.

Mental Health

Music is an excellent emotional outlet. If you are having a rough day, you can play a song to express your emotions or cheer yourself up. Playing the violin is also associated with decreased stress. It can help you unwind after a long day at school or work.

Improved Posture

Whether at school or in the office we often hunch over when we are working. To play the violin you must keep your back straight. This can lead to an improved posture over time.

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How to Hire a Violin Instructor

Now that you’re ready to learn how to play the violin, you need to learn how to hire the best violin instructor.

There are a couple of different things to consider when looking for a violin teacher. Keep reading to learn what you should contemplate when hiring a teacher!

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This is one of the most important factors to consider. If there isn’t a violin studio near your home then you need to ask yourself how far you are willing to travel. If you are not willing to travel any distance then consider searching for a teacher who will come to your home.

Class Size

If you are going to a music studio be sure to ask what the class sizes are. While many violin teachers will teach their students one-on-one, this is not always the case. Some teachers prefer to teach beginners in pairs of two or more.

Cost vs Class Length

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Style of Music

Do they teach the style of music you want to play? While the foundations of all violin music are the same, it can be beneficial to find an instructor who teaches the style you want to learn. If you are picky about what you want to learn, make sure to ask about this. You don’t want to end up in classical lessons if you want to play folk music.


What is their education? Did they study at a university of college? Do they have a degree in music education? Be sure to ask where they were educated. An honest music teacher should be more than willing to provide you with their education and experience.

That’s it now all you have to do is find yourself a violin and teacher. You will be well on your way to succeeding at your violin lessons in no time at all!

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