Schedule & Fee
Because they come in so many sizes, violins are ideal instruments for young players. Students may begin with 1/4-, 1/2-, or 3/4-size instruments, and as they grow the instruments can be traded for larger sizes until they are able to handle full-size violins. (Before purchasing an instrument, it is important to get help from a qualified salesperson or other source, to help you determine the size of violin you will need in relation to your child's arm length and hand size.)
Designed for young people aged 6-8, Introducing Violin for Children 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. They are expected to show a commitment to their string study by practicing daily at home, and can make very good progress with consistent practice of 15-20 minutes a day.
Children must have their own violins for this course. These may be purchased from Waltons music shops at special discounts for student enrolled in the school (see below). Parents are also advised to purchase Violin Method Book 1 by Eta Cohen (Novello), available in Waltons music shops, before the start of the course.
Introducing Violin for Children is one of our group courses for beginners. Private and partner violin lessons are also available for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Go to Departments & Faculty - Strings for more information.
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Elena Elioutina, Teacher
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.
2013-2014 Class Schedule & Fee
23 weeks, 5 October 2013 – 12 April 2014
(No classes 2 November, 21 December – 4 January, 22 February)
Saturdays 11 am – 12 pm
Tuition Fee: €380
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Enrolment for this course requires a completed enrolment form and full payment of tuition fees. (Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a 2013-2014 Courses for Children Enrolment Form.) 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 six.
Purchasing this course as a gift? Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a Gift Certificate Booking Form.
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If your child does not already have an instrument for this course, please note that Waltons music shops offer suitable instruments at special discounts for students starting tuition at the New School. Go to Recommended Instruments for more information.
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