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Introducing Violin for Adults

A Group Course for Beginners

Next classes start 30 April & 2 May 2019.

‘A sandwich and a cup of coffee, and then off to violin-land, where all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony.’
– Arthur Conan Doyle

‘I know that the most joy in my life has come to me from my violin.’
Albert Einstein

‘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

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Course Description

Introducing Violin for AdultsLet’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 a range of important skills, including 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.

Course participants will need to have violins and shoulder rests to bring to class and practice with at home, as well as Fiddle Time Joggers, by David Blackwell and Kathy Blackwell (Oxford University Press), before the course begins. (See below for a Course + Instrument Package available to enrolling students.)

This course covers Stage 1 of the New School’s ten-stage system of student progress and assessment, which culminates in a teaching or performing qualification (Stage 10) should the student progress that far. Participants who successfully complete the course can be issued with a certificate of completion of Stage 1. If you are taking the course, please let the school office know if you would like this certificate. See About Our Stage System for more information.

Course + Instrument Package

In association with Waltons Music Ireland, the New School also offers a discounted Course + Instrument Package for students who don’t already have instruments. The package includes the course plus a Valencia V160 Violin Outfit, comprising a violin, bow, hard case and rosin (regular price €99.95), as well as a Wolf Forte Secondo Shoulder Rest (regular price €36.95), both available to pick up from the school office on the day of your first class, for a reduced ‘package’ price (see Class Schedules & Fees tab). You should purchase this Course + Instrument Package at least two weeks before the first class in order to ensure availability of your instrument before the course begins.

Have you enrolled in this course?

Download our Introductory Handout
for tips on how to get the most from it.

See Summer Introducing Violin for Adults
for the summer version of this course.

Introducing Violin for Adults is one of the New School’s group courses. We also offer private violin lessons for students of all ages and skill levels. See String Instruments Tuition for more information.

Marieclaire Brodie

Marieclaire BrodieMarieclaire received her BMus degree, with honours, from the Cork School of Music, where she studied with the renowned violinist Ruxandra Petcu-Colan. She then went on to complete a Masters in Classical String Performance at the University of Limerick under the guidance of Katherine Hunka, leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and was awarded the RTÉ lyric fm String Scholarship to complete her studies. She has also done postgraduate work in violin and viola performance at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and has participated in many masterclasses over the years, mostly notably with violinists Baiba Skride, Catherine Leonard and baroque violinist Debbie Diamond, as well as chamber music classes with members of the Vanburgh Quartet, Aoife Nic Athlaoich, Robin Panter, Rita Manning and Charles Peltz. She is currently studying with renowned violinist Raquel Castro Pego in Barcelona, Spain. Marieclaire has had a keen interest in orchestral playing from the start. She has performed with many orchestras in Ireland, including the Esker Festival Orchestra, Hibernian Orchestra, Fishamble Sinfonia, SinfoNua and the Academos ensemble with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and she has toured extensively throughout Ireland, Italy and America, playing many prestigious venues including the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Boston Symphony Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York. In addition to her extensive classical work (she is currently first violinist with the Amoroso Quartet), Marieclaire has recorded and performed with many artists in other genres, including Lisa Hannigan, Hermitage Green, We Lived in Cities and I Am Niamh. And she has extensive teaching experience, privately, in music schools and with the Irish Chamber Orchestra’s Sing Out with Strings programme.

David Burns

David BurnsA native of Dublin, David was born into a musical family and began his violin studies at the Loreto Nelson School of String Playing before going on to study with the late David Lillis, winning numerous awards as a violinist in Dublin’s Feis Maitiú. David is in great demand as a teacher and clinician and has organised and run teacher-training seminars for St. Patrick’s Teacher Training College, the Post-Primary Music Teachers Association and the Music Association of Ireland. He is also widely known for his workshops, which he has given at schools and youth centres throughout the country, as well as for his work with the special needs community, including Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland and St. Mary’s Orthopaedic Hospital, among others. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Irish Fest in the US, and he was Musical Director of the Darndale New Life Strings for three years. In addition to teaching at the New School and for our Outreach Programme, David is also the Co-Founder of Music 4 Everyone Ireland, a partnership dedicated to supporting the welfare, well-being and development of young people through music. His two latest workshops, ‘Ceol agus Spraoi’ and ‘Drum ‘n’ Groove’, have both garnered rave reviews from primary schools and corporate clients in Ireland.


‘Great teacher!’
– M. Cullivan

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘Small classes, good instruction, knowledgeable teacher.’
– O. Mason

‘Very relaxed and enjoyable lessons with an excellent teacher!’
– R. Power

‘Great price. Great teacher. Progressed a lot in a short space of time.’
– M. Quinn

‘Stimulating and enjoyable.’
– V. Shortt

‘I had no music background but the teacher was very helpful and made it very enjoyable. I really enjoyed the classes. Thanks!’
– J. Vasseur

‘[An] excellent teacher…always enthusiastic and encouraging. I’ll definitely be recommending [the course] to other people, and will be attending the next stage.’
– S. Wilson

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 about it.


2018-2019 Third Term Class Schedules & Fees

CLASS 1 (Marieclaire Brodie) Fully Booked
9 weeks, 30 April – 25 June 2019
Tuesdays 6.30 – 7.30 pm

CLASS 2 (David Burns)
9 weeks, 2 May – 27 June 2019
Thursdays 7 – 8 pm

Tuition Fee: €180
Course + Instrument Package Fee: €290 (savings: €26.90)

See Summer Introducing Violin for Adults
for the summer version of this course,
taking place in summer 2019.


Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course 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. A number of our group courses fill in advance of their start dates, and early enrolment is recommended.


Purchasing this course as a gift?
Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.


Questions about the course?


What happens after the course?

Two weeks before the end of each Introducing course, participating students will be given options for continuing their tuition at the school if they’d like to do so. 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 the teacher has timetable availability. Students can also continue their tuition with private (one-to-one) lessons or ‘partner’ lessons with another class member (see Tuition Options – Private • Partner • Small Group Lessons). We are happy to discuss these options with you.

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