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Introducing Violin for Children

A Group Course for Beginners Aged 6-8

‘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

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Course Description

Easy to to hold and available in small sizes to suit young hands, violins are excellent starter instruments for children. Students begin with small 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 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 size-appropriate violins (see Choosing the Right Violin Size tab) to bring to classes and practice with at home, as well as the course books Fiddle Time Joggers by David Blackwell and Kathy Blackwell (Oxford University Press) and My First Theory Book by Lina Ng (Faber Music), both available from most good music shops.

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

Marisol de Paula

Marisol de PaulaBorn in Brazil, Marisol received a BA in music, focusing on violin and piano, from the University of São Paulo and began teaching while an undergraduate. She has since taught violin in Brazil, Poland and Dublin to numerous children and adults, individually and in groups, and privately, in music schools and in primary schools. She has also performed with many orchestras and ensembles in Brazil and Europe. In addition to her violin studies, Marisol has trained in a range of methodologies – including Suzuki, Kodály, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Colourstrings Method – in Brazil, Germany, Italy and Ireland. Her teaching practice brings to bear several of these methodologies, but most of all she likes making music enjoyable and fun! In addition to her teaching work, Marisol was also coordinator of the String Project in Ilhabela, Brazil (in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and the Vermelhos Theatre), which taught music to vulnerable children, and she founded and directs the Trio Polak Project, a string trio of Marisol and her two daughters that performs in schools, concert halls and other venues with the aim of developing young audiences for classical music as well as encouraging young people to take it up. Finally, for several years she ran a music production company with her brother called music4eventsbrasil.


‘[My son] really enjoyed this course, which I think was largely down to a fantastic teacher, who got results but made it all fun.’
– S. Fitzgerald

‘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 in a brief online questionnaire about it.


Our 2019-2020 class schedules & fee will be available in May 2019.

Saturdays 11 am – 12 pm

Saturdays 12 – 1 pm


Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places 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, parents will be given options for continuing their children’s tuition at the school if they would 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.

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, and use the table below to determine the best size. If you are unsure of what to choose, any good music shop that stocks smaller-sized instruments will be able to assist you.

17-21 inches
43-53 cm
20-23 inches
51-58 cm
Introducing Violin for Children
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