Many people have the idea that learning to play a musical instrument is something that is accomplished at a young age, and not really for adults. As such, some may feel shy to come forward to find out more about music lessons. This perception is totally wrong! As a veteran in the music education scene here, I have met countless adults with zero music background, wanting to start adult violin lessons as soon as possible.
Let me share with you here, the characteristics and background of adults who started beginner violin lessons for adults with our team of fantastic violin teachers here at Stradivari Strings:
The age range of adults can be teenagers, to working adults and retirees. Although the majority of our adult students are in their twenties to forties in age, we also have a good number of older students. Our oldest student started learning to play the violin and the cello at age seventy-two. Yes, you read correctly — not one but two bowed strings instruments at this age! He is one of my most motivated violin students, practicing four hours a day. Another elderly gentleman age eighty-two re-started violin lessons after a hiatus of decades. His forty year old son noticed that his father’s mental capacity was starting to slow down. So as to encourage him to be mentally alert, he persuaded his elderly father to start violin lessons by also enrolling himself and his three your children for violin classes.
Typically, most adult students did not have the opportunity to learn to play the violin as a child. This could be due to lack of financial resources for their parents to enrol them for music classes. Or it could be that they wanted to learn the violin but their parents did not place this request on priority. Alternatively the situation could be that as a young kid, they were forced to learn another music instrument which they have no interest in. Whatever the ready, these adult students have been wanting to start violin lessons for one or two decades or more. When they have the financial means as well as time to start violin classes for adults, they are super motivated and progress very fast in building their foundation violin playing techniques.
Adult students also understand the importance of getting a fine, hand crafted violin and violin bow as compared to a factory range violin. Adults have experienced the ups and downs of life and when playing music on the violin, hence will be able to emote well through the violin and bow. The hand crafted violin paired with hand crafted violin bow, tugs at one’s heartstrings as the tone quality is so mellow, responsive and refined. The violin bow is also important and one should select a bow which is perfectly weighted and well balanced. If you are an adult looking to start beginner violin lessons for adults and do not have a violin, do contact Stradivari Strings at +65-98137769 to come by to learn more about violin and violin bows.
Adult learners also prefer one-to-one coaching as opposed to group violin lessons. They know that one-to-one coaching allows them to get one hundred percent attention from the violin teacher, so that they can progress at a faster pace and have good quality lesson content per session of lesson. Sometimes, we do get requests from two adult learners to start lessons together. We do accept that request as long as both students are at the same level in terms of music background. Otherwise, one party may feel that the lessons pace is too slow while waiting for the other party to catch up. Of course, we can still start group violin lessons for two, if the students understand this situation.
After embarking on adult violin lessons for a time period, some students may wish to have the opportunity to play with a small group of like-minded individuals. This is understandable as practicing on the violin by yourself may be quite boring. As such, we encourage our students to form their own strings quartet group and arrange self practice and rehearsals on a weekly basis. A strings quartet group can consist of the first and second violin, the viola and the cello. There are many repertoire available for strings quartet and these can be easily accessed online, or hard copies can be purchased. We also match adult students who wish to be part of a strings quartet, based on the level they are at, location as well as time availability.
If you are an adult looking to start violin classes for adults, you may find that there are many similar characteristics and background you have as compared to other violin students. So, seize the day, and contact Stradivari Strings at +65-98137769 to arrange lessons. We can arrange lessons either at your home, our teacher’s studio or at our music studio at Sultan Plaza.Book Lessons