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Beginning Violin Foundations: For All Violin Newcomers!

In this 2-week class, students will learn the most important foundational techniques to give them the best start on their violins, culminating in playing the beginning of a song with a good sound!
Rebecca Portillo
21 total reviews for this teacher
5 reviews for this class
Completed by 16 learners
30 minutes
per class
3x per week
over 2 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Aug 22

Aug 22 - Aug 31 (2 weeks)
Mo, Tu, We
7:30pm - 8pm

Mon Sep 12

Sep 12 - Sep 22 (2 weeks)
Mo, Tu, Th
6:30pm - 7pm
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

Students will learn:
- Main parts of the violin and bow
- Basic care of the violin and bow
- Rest position with the violin
- Proper violin hold and left hand position
- Proper bow hold and movement of right arm
- Bow exercises to improve dexterity and form
- Techniques for producing a good sound with the bow
- Technique for string crossing
- Proper form for left hand fingering 
- What intonation is and why it's important
- How to play the beginning of a variation of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Students will need to have their own violin and bow in their correct size (and in good working condition), rosin, a small soft cloth, and a shoulder rest or foam pad (usually attached with a rubber band) in place of a shoulder rest. In the second week of class, learners will need a small sticker (flat, not raised, around 1/4 inch wide or less - little star stickers often work well for this) or finger tapes (which are long stickers) designed for violins. An adult will need to make sure the learner's violin is in tune to the best of their ability before each class meeting. (A video with some tuning basics will be provided in the classroom.) If you are not sure what size violin your child needs or how to select a good beginner instrument, please send me a message - I am happy to provide information about this!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Rebecca Portillo
Lives in the United States
Music Teacher
21 total reviews
52 completed classes

About Me

I teach violin, viola, general music, and music theory - sometimes all at once! 

I have been playing the violin for 30 years and teaching music for over 20 years. I learned how to play a variety of other instruments in college through my college... 
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