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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

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, the New School’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 size-appropriate violins (see Choosing the Right Violin Size below) to bring to classes and practice with at home, as well as a copy of Fiddle Time Joggers by David Blackwell and Kathy Blackwell (Oxford University Press).

Leanne Doyle

Leanne DoyleLeanne 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.

‘[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


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2017-2018 Class Schedules & Fee

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

CLASS 1
Saturdays 11 am – 12 pm

CLASS 2
Saturdays 12 – 1 pm

Fee: €370


Our 2018-2019 class schedules will be available in May 2018.

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.

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Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.

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.

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.

ARM LENGTH VIOLIN SIZE
17-21 inches
43-53 cm
1/4
20-23 inches
51-58 cm
1/2
Violin for Children
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