In my many years in the music education niche, occasionally I am approached by violin students asking if it is possible to learn to play the violin without a coach. In my humble opinion, it is better to engage a violin teacher instead of learning from youtube videos and trying to emulate the person in the video playing the violin. More harm can be done as the student may likely pick up wrong techniques without someone giving live feedback. One may end up developing wrong habits which will take a long time to correct.
Especially for beginner level violin students, the teacher needs to physically make posture adjustments for the student in terms of the bow hold, the way to hold the violin properly, how to execute open strings bowing to create the best tone quality and so on.
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Orchestra (SSO) and have decades of coaching experience. We are super proud of SSO, our home grown and internationally renowned world-class orchestra. Be inspired by our professional level SSO based violin teachers who can pass on precious violin technique skills as well as performance tips honed through years of experience on stage both locally and internationally.
Our team also comprise of Singapore violin teachers who have music qualifications spanning from music degree graduates from music conservatories from around the world. These also include graduates from Yong Siew Toh Music Conservatory and NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts). We also have teachers who have Diploma music qualifications as well as Associated Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM) or Trinity College London Grade 8 qualificaitons.
Having said that, what are the qualities of a great violin teacher Singapore?
The teacher must be academically qualified. As a minimum, we recommend learning under a coach with ABRSM grade 8 qualifications. You may wish to engage a coach with higher qualifications if you intend to pursue playing the violin to advanced level. Do note that a higher qualified coach will command a higher fee accordingly.
The teacher must love teaching music. Most importantly, have the heart to teach. When one approaches coaching from this mindset, we can be assured of a teacher who puts the student’s interest as a priority.
A great violin teacher also must have the required number of years of experience to know how to tailor the music lesson plans according to each student’s needs. For music, different people learn optimally from different ways. Some are visual learners — in this case the teacher needs to use visual aids to explain so that the student learns faster. Some are auditory learners, learning to play music by ear. For such students, the coach may approach lessons by skewing them more towards challenging the student’s listening skills. Others do not learn by listening or seeing, but by feel. Only experienced teachers can identify these differences and channel the lesson program to optimally coach the student accordingly. In other words, a great teacher has a flexible teaching style based on how the student learns.
Some may consider the next trait a given for any violin teacher. A great teacher also is patient, warm, encouraging and have the ability motivate the student. Learning a musical instrument like the violin may be a steep learning curve for some students, especially those with no music background. For such students, additional time and effort needs to be put into areas such as rhythmic training, aural singing, intonation training. These skills may take sometime for a novice to pick up. As such, a patient teacher who is also encouraging will truly motivate the student to progress well.
A great violin teacher Singapore is also full of energy. This will certainly rub off on the student and boost the learning speed for the student. In my opinion, the student must also have high motivation level and thirst to learn to play the violin. This synergy level between both parties is important for a truly positive relationship.
So, if you are looking for a violin teacher with the above positive traits, do contact Stradivari Strings at +65-98137769. We can arrange lessons either at your home, our teacher’s studio or at our music studio at Sultan Plaza.Book Lessons