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Play Violin  

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  • TutorDiane Ludwig
  • Price-
  • Age6 - 12
  • LevelAll Levels

Tue 17 Apr, 3.30pm – 8pm | 12 wk Term £176 (£159) | Age 6+/adult | All levels

A course designed to develop a wide variety of musical skills within the context of learning to play the violin.

Note: These are individual 30 min sessions with the tutor. You will receive 25 mins teaching and the remaining time for arrival and pack up. The tutor teaches back-to-back sessions, students should arrive 5 mins before their lesson starts to tune their instrument and late comers will lose lesson time. If the tutor is running more than 5 mins late make up time will be offered on another occasion.

Who is this course for?
This course is open to both children aged 6+ yrs and adult learners and students of all levels. It is suitable for complete beginners with no previous violin playing experience and more advanced students e.g. those who may have reached grade 5 or 6. Lessons are tailored to the abilities, aptitudes, experience and interests of the individual student.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. You need good upper body and manual dexterity. Students can be accompanied by their own carer or support worker and the room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

What will you learn on this course?
This course will teach you the musical skills and techniques required to play the violin. The violin is a popular bowed
string instrument most often associated with western classical music and folk music from different cultures.

The course includes:

  • Violin technique – bowing and fingering
  • Listening skills
  • Rhythm training
  • Pitch training (which may include singing)
  • Reading and writing musical notation
  • Improvisation
  • Reasoned experimentation: the practice process

The tutor will introduce key concepts appropriate to the individual student and suggest practice material and practice methods suitable for developing skills associated with these concepts. In order to progress students must be prepared to practise between lessons and need access to an instrument to do so.

Learning a musical instrument is an excellent way to develop self-discipline and patience in sticking with means that will eventually bring great rewards. You will develop skills in rational inquiry and self-confidence while having fun and creating enjoyment for yourself and others in the process.

If students wish to sit ABRSM exams full preparation for all elements can be covered (practical and theory). Exam entries and fees can be arranged through the tutor but they are dealt with separately from mac.

By the end of the term, students will typically have learnt to play a number of pieces of music, whilst having developed, in the process, important musical and practical skills.

Do you need to bring anything?
You need to bring your own music books as advised by the tutor and your own violin.

Are there any additional costs?
Music books must be purchased at your own expense through the tutor or easily ordered online or from music shops.

Students must come to the first lesson with a violin. It is important to have a suitable instrument to play, and, in the case of younger students, it is extremely important that the violin is the right size. We recommend that you go to a reputable violin shop where experienced violin luthiers can match your needs with a suitable instrument. You should expect to pay at least between £100 and £200 on an instrument, bow, case and rosin. Please contact us for more information.

Who teaches this course?
Diane Hiley

Please note: Terms run wc Mon 16 Apr 2018 | Half Term break (no session) wc Mon 28 May 2018 | End of Term, Final sessions wc Mon 9 Jul 2018 *

*We advise participants to keep the day and time of the course free for Half Term and the week following the end of term free for replacements sessions that may be required due to tutor illness or exceptional circumstances.

Important Information

Our enhanced Safeguarding Policy recommends that we hold emergency contact details for all learning and participation activities (including courses), for children and young people under 18 years old and for supported or vulnerable adults. These are to be completed and signed by parents/carers except young people aged 16-18 and supported/vulnerable adults who are able to sign for themselves.
Completed forms must be handed in to our Sales and Information Team prior to the start of the course.

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