Waltons New School of Music - Introducing Violin for Children Course, Dublin

Introducing Violin for Children

Group Course for Beginners Aged 6-8

Next course starts 23 September 2017.


Course Description

Introducing Violin for ChildrenBecause they come in so many sizes, violins are ideal instruments for young players. Students may begin with 1/4- or 1/2-size instruments, and as they grow the instruments can be traded for larger sizes until they are able to handle full-size violins.

Designed for young people aged 6-8, Waltons New School of Music's 22-week Introducing Violin for Children course is a lively first experience with this wonderful instrument. Weekly classes are intended not only to teach children to play the violin but also to make music an engaging and enjoyable learning experience. Students gradually master each step required – from holding the instrument and bow to learning proper finger placement and developing their sense of pitch – to ensure a solid musical foundation on the violin.

Group learning has long been recognised as one of the most effective ways to teach children about music and instil positive lifetime attitudes towards both music and learning. A group environment provides children with the opportunity to make music together with friends and classmates, sharing common goals and skill. The interaction between students also encourages and promotes understanding, and children learn to assess their peers positively.

Children must have their own violins, to practice at home and bring to classes, as well as Fiddle Time Joggers by David Blackwell and Kathy Blackwell (Oxford University Press, regular price €14.95). The book can also be purchased together with the course (and given to students at the first class) for a total cost of €102.

Introducing Violin for Children is one of our group courses for beginners. Private (one-to-one) and partner violin lessons are also available for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Go to Departments & Faculty – String Instruments for more information.

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 Course + Instrument Package

In association with Waltons Music, the New School also offers a discounted Course + Instrument Package that provides children taking this course who don't already have instruments with everything they’ll need. The package includes the course plus a ¼-Size or ½-Size Valencia V160 Violin Outfit, including a violin, bow, hard case and rosin (regular price €99.95), as well as a Wolf Forte Secondo Shoulder Rest (regular price €36.95) and Fiddle Time Joggers (regular price €14.95), all available to pick up from the school office before the first class, for a reduced 'package' price (see below).

You should purchase this Course + Instrument package at least one week before the first class (although earlier is recommended) in order ensure availability of your child’s instrument, etc. before the course begins. All instruments are subject to availability.

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 Comments from Parents

'My daughter loved learning violin at the school, and the group environment has also helped her to develop her social skills. A stimulating and enjoyable course!'
– M. Devaney

'Fantastic progress combined with a child friendly and fun approach.'
– B. Ziemann

Has your child taken – or is he/she taking – this course? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback about it in a brief online questionnaire.

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Choosing the Right Violin Size

Arm length is the most accurate way to select the correct sized violin for your child. Have your child stand with his/her left arm outstretched to the side – not reaching, but not bent either. Using a tape measure, measure from the sternal notch (at the base of the neck) to the wrist. This indicates the most comfortable size instrument for the child. If you are unsure of the best size for your child, please drop by Waltons music shop below the school and a salesperson will be happy to assist you.

Arm Length Violin Size

17-21 inches
43-53 cm


20-23 inches
51-58 cm


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 Leanne Doyle, Teacher

Leanne began studying violin at the age of six with the Young European Strings School of Music, subsequently taking up piano as a second instrument, and she was awarded a scholarship to study violin at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. While a student, she won a number of prizes in Ireland’s Feis Ceoil and frequently performed in the National Concert Hall, both solo and as a member of the RIAM Symphony Orchestra. Leanne went on to study at Trinity College Dublin, where she received a BA in Music Education, specialising in performance, and she also holds an ARIAM diploma in instrumental teaching. She recently completed a Masters degree in Music Therapy at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Leanne has a great passion for teaching and has extensive experience teaching both privately and at music schools throughout Ireland and Canada, to students of all ages. Her training in both music education and music therapy has allowed her to tailor her approach to the requirements of each student. She also works with both children and adults with special needs and offers music therapy as well as regular instrumental classes. Although her teaching is founded on classical principles, her approach is flexible and incorporates a range of genres, including Irish traditional, pop and rock, among others. Leanne has performed in venues throughout Europe and North America and currently performs and records with several bands and instrumental groups.

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 2017-2018 Course Schedule

22 weeks, 23 September 2017 – 24 March 2018
(No classes 4 November, 23 December – 6 January, 17 March)

Saturdays 11 am – 12 pm

Saturdays 12 – 1 pm


Course Alone: €370
Course + Book: €382
Course + Instrument, Shoulder Rest & Book: €495 (package savings: €26.85)

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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course or course + instrument fee. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Early enrolment is recommended, as places in each class are limited to eight.

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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