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Introducing Violin for Adults

A Group Course for Beginners

Next classes start 21 – 31 January 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 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 this ten-week course you will have learned some essentials of reading and performing music on this magnificent instrument.

Participating students will need to have violins and shoulder rests to bring to class and to practice at home, and will also need to purchase Fiddle Time Joggers, by David Blackwell and Kathy Blackwell (Oxford University Press), before the course begins.

Course + Instrument Package

In association with Waltons Music Ireland, the New School also offers a discounted Course + Instrument Package that provides students entering this course who don’t already have instruments with everything they’ll need. 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.

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.

Sarolta Simo

Sarolta SimoSarolta (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.


‘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

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 Second Term Class Schedules & Fees

Class 1 (Sarolta Simo)
10 weeks, 21 January – 8 April 2019
(No classes on 18 February & 18 March – Mid-Term Break & St. Patrick’s Day Holiday)
Mondays 7 – 8 pm

Class 2 (Sarolta Simo)
10 weeks, 29 January – 9 April 2019
(No class on 19 February – Mid-Term Break)
Tuesdays 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Class 3 (David Burns)
10 weeks, 31 January – 11 April 2019
(No class on 21 February – Mid-Term Break)
Thursdays 7 – 8 pm

Tuition Fee: €200
Course + Instrument Package Fee: €310 (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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