Group Course for Beginners
Next classes start 24 – 27 April 2017
'A sandwich and a cup of coffee, and then off to violin-land, where all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony.'
– Arthur Conan Doyle
Let’s start by getting rid of the myth: if you want to play the violin you don’t have to start at an early age. True, if you want to be the next Maxim Vengerov, Anne-Sophie Mutter or Nigel Kennedy it helps if you begin quite young, but at the New School we believe that students at any age can learn to play the violin, and play it well. All it takes is time…and commitment.
Designed especially for adult beginners, Waltons New School of Music's Introducing Violin for Adults course covers posture, holding the violin and bow, basic technique, scales, pieces and ensemble playing. Classes, though relaxed and enjoyable, are designed to build your skills methodically and thoroughly. By the end of the course you will have learned some essentials of reading and performing music on this magnificent instrument.
Participating students will need to have have a violin to bring to class and to practice at home, as well as a copy of Fiddle Time Joggers, by David Blackwell and Kathy Blackwell (Oxford University Press). Both violins and the book are available from Waltons music shops at discounts for students and can also be purchased, along with shoulder rests and books, together with the course (see Course + Instrument Package below).
Have you enrolled in this course?
See our Introduction Handout for tips on how to get the most from it.
What happens after the course has finished?
Two weeks before the end of each Introducing… course, you will be given options for continuing your tuition at the school. Although a continuation ‘Improvers’ course cannot generally be scheduled on the same day/time as the Introducing course, one can be arranged if enough students would like to continue and your teacher has timetable availability. Students can also continue their tuition with either private (one-to-one) or small group lessons with other class members (see Private, Partner & Small Group Lessons). We are happy to discuss these options with you.
Introducing Violin for Adults is one of our group courses for adult beginners. Introducing Violin for Children is offered for children aged 6-8. Private, partner, small group and one-off 'intensive' violin lessons are also available for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Go to Departments & Faculty – String Intruments for more information.
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Course + Instrument Package
In association with Waltons music shops, the New School also offers a discounted Course + Instrument Package that provide students entering this course who don’t already have instruments with everything they’ll need. The package consists of the course plus a a Valencia V160 Violin Outfit, comprising a violin, bow, hard case and rosin (regular price €99.95); a Wolf Forte Secondo Shoulder Rest (regular price €36.95); and the Fiddle Time Joggers book (regular price €14.95) – all available to pick up from the school office on the day of your first class, for a reduced 'package' price (see below).
You should purchase your Course + Instrument Package at least one week before the first class in order to ensure availability of your instrument, etc. before the course begins. All instruments are subject to availability.
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Comments from Students
'This course gave me a great introduction to a difficult instrument in a friendly, fun environment. It was challenging but thoroughly enjoyable, which I think should be credited to the patience and helpfulness of the teacher.'
– M. Joyce
'This course is great! My class has a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere that is a pleasure to be part of, and I’ve learned loads.'
– E. Finnegan
'[T]his course has opened up new horizons for me. I never thought I could learn a musical instrument, and so far Waltons New School of Music has allowed me to dream that it is possible, no matter what age I am.'
– S. Flonn
'I have really enjoyed Violin for Adults at the school, especially the outstanding teaching skills, kindness and patience of the instructor. I have to say that choosing this course was a very good decision.'
– S. Zhou
'All the fundamentals were covered, which gave us the best foundations for learning how to play the violin correctly. Terrific teacher, and the atmosphere of the class was always great and positive. I had fun at every class. Thank you.'
– S. Foreman
'Having just retired from work, I decided to have a go at learning the violin. I was apprehensive about the prospect, not having any experience of playing a musical instrument. However, all my concerns were unnecessary as I found the course relaxing and my progress of learning the instrument quicker than anticipated.'
– D. McKeon
'I'm finding [the course] very enjoyable and not at all intimidating. The teacher makes us feel at ease as we learn the violin.'
– D. Forsyth
'I had no music background but the teacher was very helpful and made it very enjoyable. I really enjoyed the classes. Thanks!'
– J. Vasseur
'Great price. Great teacher. Progressed a lot in a short space of time.'
– M. Quinn
'Very relaxed and enjoyable lessons with an excellent teacher!'
– R. Power
'Small classes, good instruction, knowledgeable teacher.'
– O. Mason
'Stimulating and enjoyable.'
– V. Shortt
– M. Cullivan
Have you taken – or are you taking – this course? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.
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A native of Russia, Elena received her Diploma in orchestral playing and violin teaching, with distinction, from Voronezh State College of Music, as well as a BA in Music Performance, specialising in orchestral string instruments, from Voronezh State Institute of the Arts. She has continued with postgraduate studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Professor Eyal Kless. In Russia Elena taught violin to students from beginner to diploma level, as well as youth violin ensembles. With extensive experience in children’s music education, she currently teaches violin to children from four years up at several Dublin-area schools, in addition to her work teaching both children and adults at the New School since 2003.
Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Otávio began his music studies at the age of seven and joined his first youth orchestra at the age of ten. He toured to several countries with the orchestra and was later appointed concert master. After completing his BMus degree in violin at the Faculdade Mozarteum de São Paulo, Otávio went abroad to study with the renowned Romanian violinist Remus Azoitei in London and later moved to Germany, where he performed with a number of different groups working in various music genres. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Media and Music Technology at Trinity College, Dublin. During his performing career, Otávio has played with numerous orchestras and ensembles, ranging from classical to Brazilian music. As a teacher, he has over a decade’s experience working with both individuals and groups in Brazil, the UK, Germany and Ireland.
Originally from Belfast, Suzanne received her BMus degree from Queens University, where she studied violin and voice, and was awarded a scholarship to the Music Department of Fabrica, Benetton’s ‘applied creative laboratory in Treviso, Italy, where she worked on music and multimedia projects with several international collaborators. She was principal soloist for three years with Riverdance and has performed internationally as a vocal soloist with a number of music groups in different genres, written or co-written albums and film soundtracks and appeared on television and radio in Ireland, the UK and Italy. Described as 'probably the best voice out of Northern Ireland in the past thirty years' (Belfast Telegraph), Suzanne recently recorded her first album, Jellymould. In addition to teaching violin and voice at the New School since 2008, Suzanne has also facilitated outreach pre-instrumental music children’s workshops for the school.
Sarolta (pronounced ‘Sharolta’) was born in Transylvania and started learning the violin at the age of ten. She studied violin, piano, orchestral music, chamber music, theory, composition and music history at the Arts Lyceum in Targu Mureş, Romania and continued her studies at the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Cluj Napoca, where she attained her Master Diploma in violin. She then performed numerous concerts in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Hungary as first violinist in the Hungarian Opera Orchestra, Transylvanian Symphony Orchestra and several chamber orchestras. After coming to Ireland in 2009, Sarolta studied traditional Irish fiddle with Brian Duffy and Olcan Masterson, then joined the band What the Folk, touring with them around Ireland for three years. She moved to Dublin in 2012 and joined the Dublin Orchestra Players and UCD Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ciarán Crilly, performing in the National Concert Hall and National Convention Centre. She has also performed as a soloist with the Dublin Orchestra Players in performances of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe. More recently, Sarolta has worked with several Dublin-based professional string quartets and performed with the inaugural orchestra of the Irish National Youth Ballet, founded by Ciarán Crilly in 2012.
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2016-2017 Third Term Class Schedules
CLASS 1 (Sarolta Simo)
9 weeks, 24 April – 3 July 2017
(No classes on 1 May & 5 June Bank Holidays)
Mondays 7 – 8 pm
CLASS 2 (Sarolta Simo)
10 weeks, 25 April – 27 June 2017
Tuesdays 6.30 – 7.30 pm
CLASS 3 (Otávio Gomes)
10 weeks, 27 April – 29 June 2017
Thursdays 7 – 8 pm
Tuesday & Thursday Classes
Course Alone: €170
Course + Instrument, Shoulder Rest & Book: €298 (package savings: €23.85)
Course Alone: €153
Course + Instrument, Shoulder Rest & Book: €281 (package savings: €23.85)
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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee or course + instrument fee. Places in each class are limited to eight, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Most of our group courses are fully booked well in advance of their start dates, so early enrolment is recommended.
Purchasing this course or course + instrument as a gift? Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.
Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.
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