“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning”
Violin and Viola, like Piano are extremely popular choices for children’s music lessons with parents looking to start their kids in music.
The modern violin
we know today actually originates from instruments brought to Europe via the middle east thousands of years ago. Since that time the voice of the violin has become a hallmark of the orchestral sound, and is also found in jazz, pop, and country music. Today
there are even electric violins as the instrument continues to evolve. The violin seems to have a sound quality similar to the human voice, which could be one reason the instrument has remained viable for so long, and why it is studied by so many students.
Do you aspire to learn more about the violin? Playing the violin can be a rewarding experience, but there's much more to know. Violins are available in many different sizes, from full-size (called 4/4), all the way down to 1/16th size for very small children.
It is generally impractical to buy small violins, as children grow, so consider a rental program. Once your child reaches full size you can invest in a good Violin, one that reflects your musical growth and potential. Viola sizing for young children can range
from a Violin that has been strung with Viola strings, to a small viola (usually slightly bigger than a full-sized Violin).
Adult Violin and Viola students will always be on a full-sized instrument, and should not worry too much about
an expensive instrument or bow in the beginning. Getting the basics of bowing, and technique down can take some time. Once you have achieved good playing basics, you can look at switching from an inexpensive rental or purchase to something a little more advanced.
While playing the violin you burn 170 calories an hour!
If a violinist is placed into an MRI machine, we can see that a much larger area of the brain - the right primary motor cortex - is devoted to his or her left
fingers when compared with a non-violinist. Two or three times as large, in fact. Violinists also have more connections between the two sides of the brain which account for the better co-ordination they have between each hand compared with a non-violin player.