Violin Lessons for Kids

Violin lessons for kids

Many parents are eager to start their children on violin lessons for kids. During my many years of tenure in the music education niche, sometimes I am approached by enthusiastic parents who ask if their two year old child can enrol to start to learn to play the violin. Typically, I would advise the parent to wait till the child is three to five years old before exploring this. There are a few key reasons for this:

Firstly, the child may not have grown up physically to be able to hold the violin and bow to play effectively.

Secondly, the child may not have developed mentally to understand simple concepts such as counting and reading.

So my advice to parents of children who are younger than five years old, is to expose the child to music by playing classical songs. Encourage the child to get basic sense of rhythm, as well as sing or hum along to simple songs. There are many simple songs such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars” or “Row Row Row your boat” or “London Bridge is Falling Down” which can be taught at this age. This will help to program the young mind to be ready to start formal violin classes for kids later.

violin lessons for kids

Now, let me share with you six benefits of starting your child on violin lessons for kids:

Violin lessons requires the student to focus for at least 30 minutes to an hour, listening and internalizing what the coach is explaining. The child’s concentration and attention span will be very much improved. This is functional toward the ability to learn new things in life, whether academically or otherwise. Which leads us to benefit number 2.

I have noticed that children who embark on violin lessons for kids at a young age tend to do better academically. The brain is a very unique and interesting organ. At a young age, it can absorb knowledge like sponge. Even in adulthood, the mind can be altered via repetitive practice, so that the brain neurons can reconnect and slow down the degeneration of the brain cells. This is another topic altogether.

violin lessons for kids

On the topic of connecting brain neurons to physically challenge the student to play the violin — this is the process of mind mapping. In other words, repetitively practice so that the movement or technique becomes easy. The violin player does not need to think to coordinate both hands to play the violin. So another key benefit of violin classes for kids is improving the visual space processing of the mind. Some term this “motor skills development”. The child will gain directional sense, meaning for example, if the child goes for a walk from him, he or she will not get lost as the mind know where the starting point is.

Another benefit of music lessons for kids is it develops discipline and patience. In the process of mind mapping, the violin student will find that the hand, eye and brain cells cannot coordinate. It is important here, to be patient and not get frustrated. Frustration will slow down the learning process. Starting music lessons also requires the student to be disciplined about daily practice. I always advise my students to make it a point to come into contact with the violin and violin bow on a daily basis, no matte how busy one might me. Ten minutes of mindful practice is better than two hours of mindless practice which is not productive.

violin classes for kids

Starting music lessons also stimulates the child creativity. How, you may ask? In playing any repertoire pieces, whether short or long ones, one is playing music. Music is emotional — the song could be the famous “Swan Song” which is sad and soulful, or it could be Vivialdi’s four seasons where certain sections are full of positive happy energy. All these emotions need to come out when the violinist plays the piece, and to do that, I advise my students to imagine what is happening in the song, and play to emote based on the imagination. This certainly helps in improving one’s creativity.

Starting one’s child on violin lessons also boosts the child’s self esteem. To be fair, learning to play a bowed strings musical instrument like the violin or cello is not an easy task. To be able to do so flawlessly after many hours of practice, give a sense of accomplishment to the child. This will build his or her confidence level up and help the child navigate through life with success. In addition, performing in front of an audience also boosts the student’s self esteem. It does not matter if the audience comprise of only family members. This is a big accomplishment for the student and the confidence level grows with more practice in terms of performance.

There are many other benefits for children starting violin lessons. At Stradivari Strings, we have accomplished violin teachers who can coach young children well. Contact us 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.

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  • Violin Teachers at Stradivari are knowledgeable and have been effective in improving my standard of violin playing. Under the teaching of Mr Michael Loh, my standards of playing the violin has rose significantly since joining in January 2020. I would recommend their teaching services to other musicians.
    Yu Lin
    Yu Lin
    Violin student
  • I found my violin teacher after contacting stradivari strings. Tevy is a teacher who is very well-rounded and attentive to details. He pays attention not only to the hard skills of playing the instrument, but also on how well the music is expressed. I highly recommended anyone looking for a violin coach to connect with Stradivari Strings.
    Tiara
    Tiara
    Violin student
  • We found violin teacher for our grand daughter via stradivari strings. It had been a wonderful journey for Meg Ho, my grand daughter since she started learning violin as a beginner from teacher Josh.Each lesson was filled with joy and she look forward to each lesson with earnest. Even during the circuit breaker period, he took the initiative to let her continue her lesson via zoom.I am looking forward to Meg learning the finer points of her violin lessons from teacher Josh. I have full confidence in him as an experienced violin teacher.”
    Ho ThianPoh
    Ho ThianPoh
    grand father of Meg Ho
  • I was looking for a professional level violin teacher and Rita from Stradivari Strings got me connected with Mr Yeo.I enjoy having violin lessons with Mr Yeo, who is a friendly, engaging and experienced teacher. He guides me patiently in correcting my mistakes and how to improve on them. Even though I only started learning with him recently, my technique has improved a lot and I definitely feel more motivated to practice my violin.I highly recommend Mr Yeo to anyone looking to learn the violin.
    NeoJie Ning
    NeoJie Ning
    Violin student
  • Ms Rita of Stravidari Strings is very helpful with my daughter in choosing the right violin for a beginner like her. The second step is to find a violin coach for my daughter and StravidariStrings linked us to Teacher Tevy.Teacher Tevy as a violin teacher, is encouraging and patient. He explains the technique to my daughter in a way that she can understand and listen enthusiastically. He will also inform me of my daughter’s progress and things to take note of. .With his help, my daughter learns violin in a more enjoyable way!
    Chriselle Jeslava
    Chriselle Jeslava
    Violin student
  • I was 8 months into my violin journey but had been frustrated with the previous teacher – the style was to teach me to be a “jack of all pieces but never master of any piece I played”. It was uninspiring and hollow experience in every single class.I was desperately looking for an experienced violin teacher and connected with teacher Tevy via Stradivari Strings. The private violin lessons with teacher Tevy is more than just learning to play the violin.. You’re learning to be a Violinist. In every violin class with teacher Tevy, he comes 100% prepared, not just with materials he want to teach, remembering where you left off, focus area to polish; he is also prepared with inspiring energy, focus and determination to progress you in every violin class! Every violin lesson ends too quickly because he brings enjoyment to the art of mastering the violin. Be prepared to hear him say ‘this is what a violinist would do’, or ‘this is how a violinist would play it’ — so don’t think you’re just there to learn the notes and bowing. You’ll be having a profound discovery of blending technique * intonation * bowing * emotion * musicality * phrasing in playing. Even etudes are fun to play!
    Soo Ng
    Soo Ng
    Violin student
  • I am an adult with piano background and looking to start affordable violin lessons.With many music schools and internet at our fingertips, finding a violin teacher can be easy…but finding the right violin teacher? Not so easy.Thankfully, I met Ms Rita at Stradivari strings, and decided to take the chance to learn under her. Her light hearted, simple explanations help make learning the violin easier and interesting. Within a short span of 4 weeks of violin classes, she started me on technique pieces.Ms Rita also places emphasis in kindling interests. I was so excited when I was able to play a simple song, “twinkle twinkle little star” after my first lesson with her, even though it was my very first time holding a violin.
    Amelia Lim
    Amelia Lim
    Violin student
  • I have a strong desire to learn to play the violin and started adult beginner violin lessons with Stradivari Strings. As I did not have any music background before starting adult violin classes, Rita patiently coached me rhythmic training, note reading and music theory in addition to the tips of playing the violin. Rita is a passionate, encouraging and enthusiastic violin teacher. She uses different teaching methods during violin lessons. This helps me to easily understand the concepts during my violin classes. My very first violin selection would not be smooth without her reliable advice and opinion. She also, helped me figure out my needs based on my budget.
    Sharon Lee
    Sharon Lee
    Violin student
  • I have been always eager to perform violin someday after years of experience in playing the piano. The first time when I fell in love with the violin was after enjoying the duet performance by pianists and violinists. And my journey with the violin finally started at Stradivari Strings. With Rita’s detailed guidance, I chose my favourite violin and violin bow. Thanks to Rita also for helping me choose Mr.Yeo as my violin teacher. Every violin lesson to me is informative and Mr Yeo has been so supportive that he could appreciate every single improvement I have made. I was not confident when the sound was out of tone or too sharp. Howeverwith,Mr Yeo’s expertise, friendly personality and passion when playing the violin, I have received lots of courage and motivation to practice more. When struggling between pursuing my master’s degree and work, Mr Yeo and Rita has helped me re-arrange the classes to fit my schedule. Thank you Mr Yeo for your patience and encouragement, I will give the Grade 4 ABRSM exams my best shot!
    Xin Ping
    Xin Ping
    Violin student
  • My daughter is very keen to start private violin lessons so I researched online and came in contact with Stradivari Strings. They have a lot of information covered and I can see that their reputation is good too. So I decided to drop a message on their “contact us” page, as my daughter is very keen in learning the violin. Rita responded to me quite instantly and I’m very impressed that she still reply to messages that late. I checked with her on some necessary information and she is also very prompt to arrange a violin teacher for one-to-one lessons at my place. We scheduled to meet instantly. She is very professional and sincere when she assisted my daughter in selecting a suitable violin and violin bow. During the selection process, she explained the differences on the range of violins and violin bows. She never push her sales and told my daughter to go with her instincts, which I like. She is also very flexible in the payment mode which eases my worry quite a bit. I am very happy that I can fulfill my daughter’s wish to learn to play the violin. I am very sure this will be a very fruitful and nurturing journey for her. I will definitely spread the word to the people around me who are keen to take up a musical instrument including the violin, viola, cello or double bass.
    Linda Choo
    Linda Choo
    Violin student
  • I am an adult violin student with zero knowledge on music and have always wanted to start private violin lessons. I started beginner violin classes with Stradivari Strings. My teacher Rita is very patient and gives me time to learn to play the violin at my own pace. She uses her methods to correctly lead me in the correct direction during adult violin classes. I will continue learning from teacher Rita and highly recommend to anyone who wished to learn violin. With teacher’s advice, I also selected a violin which suits me as a beginner violin learner with no background. Depending on how fast I progress, I may upgrade my violin to an intermediate level one in the near future.
    Sandy Lim
    Sandy Lim
    Violin student
  • Our daughter has been taking violin lessons with Mr Yeo for almost 1 year. After doing one masterclass with him, she asked if she could change from her prior violin teacher because in one session with Mr Yeo, she felt she learned so much. Each week, she looks forward to her classes because Mr Yeo makes them both fun and challenging. Her level of play and technique have improved markedly since she started with Mr Yeo. We recommend him in the highest of terms
    Rebecca Muerer
    Rebecca Muerer
    Mother of a violin student
  • With any learning curve, Stradivari Strings focuses and emphasizes a good foundation through a fine selection of top tier teachers. In my case, Mr. Yeo has an exceptional approach to teaching and learning through his methodology which allows for a true understanding of the violin instrument and technique. His utmost faith in me has led me to immediately jump the hoops to prepare for Grade 5 within a short time frame, and I’m truly excited to undertake the ABRSM Grade 5 Practice Exam soon! I’d personally recommend Mr. Yeo’s teaching capabilities to anyone who would seriously consider learning the violin or for someone to sharpen their prowess on the violin! Always inspired, always focussed and always fun!
    Hans
    Hans
    Adult violin student
  • I have been taking violin classes from Mr Yeo for since 2016, and each lesson has been very enjoyable and fun. Mr Yeo is always smiling and very happy which puts me at ease while learning difficult passages or techniques. He is also very happy to explain to me the reasoning behind certain playing techniques which helps me appreciate playing the violin even more. I can confidently say that my progress is largely due to Mr Yeo’s dedication and professionalism as a teacher. I would strongly recommend Mr Yeo to anyone who would wish to start violin lessons!
    Kenneth Zhang
    Kenneth Zhang
    Adult violin student
  • Teacher Tevy is great at explaining the fundamentals to a beginner like me. He is very patient and takes his time to explain everything in detail. He makes sure I understand everything clearly before moving on.
    Simone
    Simone
    Adult violin student
  • Teacher Tevy is very passionate about his work and is very encouraging. He will never close a chapter if he thinks you’re not ready to move on. Thank you Tevy for your patience and guidance!
    Joey
    Joey
    Adult violin student
  • Rita is so responsive and helpful! We love the violin she selected for us and my daughter has been encouraged by the beautiful sounds that her violin produces to continue with her musical journey. Rita is also opened to us coming down to her shop every time the violin needs tuning. Definitely a place to buy a violin from.
    Jacqueline Tan
    Jacqueline Tan
    Mother of 6 year old violin student
  • I was looking to go back to playing the viola after a long hiatus and came across Stradivari Strings, where I was able to restart my learning journey with a professional level coach, Mr Yeo. He teaches a wide range of techniques and doesn’t cut corners so as to build a strong foundation. He gives many tips to improve every aspect of playing the instrument and encourages performing with passion. Every lesson is informative and enjoyable with his expertise and friendly personality! I am also grateful to Rita, the owner of Stradivari Strings, for linking me up with fellow strings players. We now have a regular trio (comprising of 2 violinist and a violist) practicing different pieces each week. My confidence level in performing has also improved.
    Cherry Charity Tan
    Cherry Charity Tan
    (adult violist)
  • We located our violin coach from Stradivari Strings. My girls (10 & 4 years old) have been learning violin and piano with Yi Jia since February 2019. I’ve been impressed with Yi Jia in many ways. He’s professional and dependable. He’s always on time and never misses a lesson. He also manages to do his best to accommodate our schedule if change is required. He comes prepared with specific lesson goals and is committed to the girls’ progress. He’s especially patient with my 4 year old who can be easily distracted during an hour lesson. Yi Jia never loses his cool, and does his best to get her engaged & learning. My 10 year old says she likes Yi Jia because when she has a question or struggles with a part of music, he always stops to explain and re-teach until she gets it. He doesn’t dismiss her questions or let her skip difficult parts of music. She also likes that he challenges her to play more difficult music and patiently teaches and encourages her until she gets it. My 4 year old says she likes Yi Jia because he teaches about notes and tells her where they are on the piano and strings. She also says Yi Jia is very nice. Yijia is one of those teachers who has deep love for what they are teaching and deeply committed to student progress.
    Mia
    Mia
    Mother of 3 kids
  • I have been learning violin for over 5 years. While visiting Singapore, I went to all the violin shops in town. I found my dream violin at Stradivari strings. The owner, Rita, helped me to select violin. She is so knowledgeable in this field! Each violin has its own character and tone quality. While selecting my violin, I also had detailed coaching from Mr Yeo, a very experienced violin coach. He pointed out my bow hold issues and gave me pointers on shifting and executing vibrato. My tone and intonation improved a lot after I learnt these important tips from Mr Yeo. He is an inspiring teacher. Just one class from him improved my playing. With that, I was able to attain distinction in ABRSM Violin grade 5. When I return to Singapore this year, I will take more masterclasses with Mr Yeo. Thank you Stradivari Strings! You are wonderful.
    Franklin
    Franklin
    Student
  • I learn violin from teacher Siak Lee as a beginner. Lessons are lively and relaxing. She is a responsible and patient teacher.
    Wen Jie
    Wen Jie
    Student
  • Teacher Siak Lee is always patient, attentive and caring.
    Mei En
    Mei En
    Student
  • Tevy is great in explaining the fundamentals to a beginner like me. He is very patient and takes his time to explain everything in detail. He makes sure I understand everything clearly before moving on.
    Simone Sng
    Simone Sng
    Student
  • Teacher Siak Lee is a great coach. When I face problems on violin techniques, she will always coach patiently and make sure that I fully comprehend. Her explanation is clear and organized.
    Choo Min
    Choo Min
    Student
  • My 7 year old looks forward to Bryan’s lessons every week. Bryan has got a knack for making lessons interesting and enjoyable while ensuring that Ajay is learning at the same time. With Bryan’s encouragement, Ajay has been motivated to practice at least twice a week and is showing tremendous confidence when playing his pieces. Under Bryan’s tutelage, we are confident that Ajay will continue to learn and love music.
    Radhika
    Radhika
    parent of Ajay
  • Mr Yeo, my violin teacher does not hold back in sharing violin playing techniques and knowledge. He readily answers the many questions I have, he is indeed a patient teacher.
    Alyss
    Alyss
    Violin Student
  • I found my violin teacher Mr Yeo through Stradivari Strings. He is an excellent teacher and I really enjoy my violin lessons here!
    Bonnie
    Bonnie
    Violin Student
  • Before I started lessons with Mr Yeo, I was a beginner student with no music background, and not musically talented. Mr Yeo has been very patient with me and he makes learning the violin interesting and easy to understand. This really helps me and I really enjoy lessons.
    Miss Yap
    Miss Yap
    Violin Student
  • Mr Yeo is a very patient and understanding teacher, His lessons are easy to understand and he conducts it in a fun way. He is observant, picking up on my weaknesses in violin playing, and corrects my mistakes immediately. I learnt a lot from him aside from violin playing.
    William
    William
    Violin Student
  • Mr Yeo is a very supportive teacher. Always optimistic, there is a “you can do it” atmosphere in class. I always feel encouraged and have the confidence in mastering the viola
    Bina
    Bina
    Viola Student
  • I started violin lessons in June 2010 and within 1 year, took the ABRSM grade 3 examinations. I am amazed with my progress even though I have no music background before learning the violin.
    Ho Hwee Leng
    Ho Hwee Leng
    Violin Student
  • I had no music background before learning the violin and was initially apprehensive. My violin teacher encouraged me all the way and is very patient. Learning the violin is so enjoyable now, I look forward to lessons every week!
    Lim Mei Yun
    Lim Mei Yun
    Violin Student
  • I started learning the violin 6 months ago and passed the ABRSM grade 2 examinations with distinction!
    Ronnie Tan
    Ronnie Tan
    Violin Student
  • We can see that our son, who has passed ABRSM grade 5 exams in 2016, has improved in his bowing technique under teacher Tevy. His coaching is more precise compared to other teachers.
    Mr and Mrs Tan
    Mr and Mrs Tan
    Parents of 9 year old Shane
  • Stradivari Strings found me a violin teacher who is humorous and passionate about music. I truly enjoy my journey towards learning to play the violin.
    Miya
    Miya
    Violin Student
  • I really enjoyed my violin lesson with Mr Yeo. During my first lesson with him, I learnt more compared to 4 lessons with my previous violin teacher. I was smiling throughout my violin lesson.
    Bao
    Bao
    Violin Student
  • I want to enrich my life and decided to learn the violin for leisure. I have been enjoying my violin lessons with my violin teacher, who is very patient and dedicated.
    Isaac Leong
    Isaac Leong
    Violin Student
  • My violin teacher is awesome! My progress on the violin is so fast, I am going for ABRSM grade 2 examinations within 6 months of starting lessons.”
    Kaan Dinckol
    Kaan Dinckol
    Student
  • Tevy/s flexibility in lesson timing made it perfect for me due to the nature of my job. He also keeps each lesson interesting and made sure to teach me something new each lesson. I have piano diploma background when I started lessons with Tevy, his coaching and my background helped me to progress to take grade 6 ABRSM exams within 9 months of starting to learn the violin.
    Joshua
    Joshua
    Student
  • Mr Yeo is a great coach and mentor, he never fails to make my violin lessons interesting and fulfilling. Every lesson with him feels like a fleeting moment, that is how enjoyable his lessons are! I highly recommend Mr Yeo if you are serious about advancing quickly. You will learn all the necessary technical skills from a professional.
    Peggy Chng
    Peggy Chng
    Violin Student
  • Stradivari Strings found a patient and experienced teacher to conduct the violin lessons. My son enjoys his violin lessons tremendously.
    Boon Ching
    Boon Ching
    Mother of 5 year old Jay
  • I have been taking violin lessons from Dwanye for about three months now, and I enjoy learning from him. As an adult learner, initially, I was quite hesitant and worried because I do not have any music background. However, he has been very kind and patient in helping me understand how to play the violin and ensures that I am comfortable with what I am doing each violin lesson. When in doubt, he explains in a way that is easy to grasp. Also, he doesn’t get mad if I mess up on a note, waits if I’m stuck on a certain song, and continues to offer support and encouragement. In a nutshell, Dwanye makes learning the violin fun and exciting.
    Sujjitra
    Sujjitra
    Violin Student
  • My teacher Mr Yeo, makes every violin lesson interesting as he imparts basic theory and even dispenses historical descriptions so that the music is given its deserving mood, setting and value. In doing so, he makes me appreciate classical music even more and this translates to better understanding of the pieces I play.
    Francis Seah
    Francis Seah
    Violin Student
  • As an adult starter, I am pleased to have Mr Yeo as my violin teacher. He is just great – very knowledgeable about music and adaptable in style and explanation. His eye for detail allows subtle correction that makes a whole world of difference to the practice. I would definitely recommend him to anybody who wishes to learn the violin in a professional, yet comforting and encouraging environment.
    Fine
    Fine
    Student
  • My twin daughters learn the violin and piano from the same teacher at Stradivari Strings. The teacher is always encouraging my girls to do their best at all times.
    Rosemary Horst
    Rosemary Horst
    Mother of twin girls
  • Lessons with Tevy, my violin teacher, are the highlight of my week. He provides a well-rounded education that goes beyond mere mastery of violin technique, often supplementing lessons with interesting tips and anecdotes that reveal his experience and knowledge. His enthusiasm is infectious, his energy unceasing; every lesson is enjoyable and over too soon. Under his tutelage, my violin playing has improved swiftly and the best part is: none of it feels like work. Tevy makes it fun!
    Claire
    Claire
    Student

Faq

  • Some children are cognitively and physically ready to start violin lessons from age 3. However, most violin teachers prefer to coach children age 5 to 6 onwards as they can better concentrate over a lesson time span of 30 minutes to 45 minutes. If you are not sure if your child is ready to start violin lessons, contact Stradivari Strings at +65-98137769 (call or whattsapp) to arrange an assessment session.
  • To accelerate your child’s progress on the violin, you can start violin lessons with your child. Learn from the violin teacher what is taught during each weekly violin lesson for kids, and practice daily in between lessons with your child. As a bonus, you can use this as parent – child bonding time.
  • The price range for fractional size violin for kids ranges from $150 to $500, depending on the size of the violin, and whether the violin is factory made or hand crafted. You should also budget for accessories including the shoulder rest, violin mute, music stand and books. For a one-stop-shop experience, come to Stradivari Strings to select your child’s violin. Alternatively, we can deliver the violin to you with delivery fee.
  • In general, the size chart for fractional violin (by age) is as follow:
    Age 3 to 5 years old — 1/16 size
    Age 5 to 7 years old — 1/8 size
    Age 7 to 9 years old — ¼ size
    Age 9 to 11 years old — ½ size to ¾ size
    Age 11 and older — ¾ size to 4/4 size
    The above is an indicative size chart. It is best to bring your child to our shop at Stradivari Strings, so that we can correctly measure your child for the correct size violin.
  • With the right positive attitude, strong parental guidance as well as an experienced violin teacher who know how to structure the violin lesson for kids in an interesting manner, your child should find learning to play the violin a breeze.