Online Violin Lessons
Who can take lessons?
- Kids starting music lessons for the first time - currently we accept kids from age 8 and up for online lessons. It is heartily recommended that if your child is younger than that, you try to find a teacher who can teach them in person, or wait until they are a bit older. We also kindly ask that a parent be present during lessons for the young ones, as the parents will be the hands of the teacher.
- Teenagers & adults who are interested in learning from the ground up, or who are looking for a fresh perspective on playing which may have become stale after a while of doing things the same old way.
- No prior musical experience is needed! You'll learn everything you need to know, and much more!
Violin Lesson Details
- All lessons are 1-on-1, ensuring the most appropriate solutions to your personal challenges as well as a personalized curriculum.
- Weekly lessons are best (especially for beginners), but when needed we can arrange for fortnightly lessons.
- Lessons are conducted in English (although, you will learn a bit of Italian, German, and French as we learn musical terms and history).
- We like to keep things positive and constructive while still helping students develop a rigorous sense of discipline to help reach their goals.
- We'll gladly offer guidance in your quest for finding a suitable violin to start on.
- Ear training, musical style, music theory, and music history will form part of your lessons to help round out your musicianship.
- Learn to improvise in just about any style.
What you'll need
- A violin. Let us help you find one if you haven't a clue where to start. It is worth mentioning that your violin should be in a good playing condition and well setup. Again, get in touch if you have no idea :)
- A fast internet connection with decent video and audio setup. Most modern webcams are pretty good for this. A relatively inexpensive USB condenser microphone can offer a substantial improvement to how your violin playing sounds.
- Google Hangouts or something similar to connect to each other with.
- The ability to either print out sheet music and assignments or some sort of tablet to view them on - it needs to be able to stand on a music stand.
- Enough time to devote to practicing between lessons. It is difficult to tell a beginner how much is enough, but counting on being able to schedule 30 minutes of practice time per day would be a good place to start.
- A pencil and practice journal.
- For the young ones, a parent who is able to be present at lessons.
Do get in touch if you'd like to sign up for lessons or if you have any questions at all. We'll do what we can to help!
Curriculum & Progression of Technique
Definition of the Levels of playing
We'll closely follow the curriculum and standards of technique put together by Professor Sassmannshaus of the Sassmannshaus Tradition of violin playing. The levels of playing progress from Level 0 (being the very fundamentals of setting up a proper violin hold and posture) up to Level 10 (being the most extravagant and refined playing seemingly capable on the instrument).
Levels 0-3 are the "student" levels, where the basics are practiced thoroughly and where technique is thoroughly under development.
Levels 4-5 are where things get interested and where the student starts sounding like a professional player. In fact, at these levels, students should be able to manage a convincing performance of some more impressive and emotionally moving repertoire.
Levels 6-8 would be considered a very high standard of playing. The sound and technique of the player will be well developed and their toolbox of technical tools will be complete enough to deal with even extremely difficult repertoire.
Levels 9-10 is crazy! Admittedly, fewer players will reach this level of technical prowess, but surprisingly there are still challenges to conquer at these heights of technique.
- Playing in 1st position with simple finger patterns.
- Detache and simple legato bow strokes.
- Elementary bow distribution into whole and half bows.
- Mastery of A Major, D Major, and G Major across 1 octave.
- Playing scales with basic bow strokes and simple repeated-note rhythmic variations.
- Playing in 1st position with all finger patterns.
- Simple double stops employing open strings.
- Natural harmonics.
- Detache, legato, and martele bow strokes.
- Mastery of scales across 2 octaves with arpeggios in a single position.
- Playing scales with up to 4-note bow patterns and rhythmic variations.
- Playing in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions with elementary shifting.
- Playing double stops using two fingers, and 3 or 4 voice chords.
- Detache, legato, martele, elementary spiccato / sautille bow strokes.
- Developing more deliberate bow distribution.
- Controlling the sounding point - sul ponticello, normale, and sul tasto.
- The beginnings of vibrato, with elementary vibrato in suitable places.
- Mastery of major and minor scales across 2 octaves with arpeggios in a single position.
- Playing scales with up to 8-note bow patterns and rhythmic variations.
- Playing in 1st through 5th position with shifting.
- Detache, legato, martele, spiccato, sautille, and colle bow strokes.
- Developing a full and continuous vibrato.
- Mastery of major and minor scales across 2 octaves with arpeggios with alternate fingerings.
- Elementary mastery of 3 octave scales and arpeggios.
- Elementary master of scales on a single string with various fingerings.
- Playing scales with up to 16-note bow patterns and advanced rhythmic variations.
- Playing in all positions equally comfortably.
- Mastery of all fundamental bow strokes.
- Fully functioning vibrato.
- Mastery of artificial harmonics.
- Precise bow distribution and sounding point control.
- Continuous development of scale playing fluency, including mastering double stop scales.