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Beginning Violin Foundations: Jumpstart to Playing!

Rebecca Portillo
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(40)
In this 6-week class, students will learn the most important foundational techniques to give them the best start on their violins, culminating in playing your first songs with a good sound!

Class experience

US Grade 3 - 5
Beginner Level
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 at least one variation of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
- How to maintain a good sound with slower bowing
- Exploration of other simple beginning violin songs of student's choice
Homework Offered
Students will have practicing "homework" and should expect to spend about 5-10 minutes each day practicing outside of class. While consistent practice is not required for class, it is encouraged as it makes it much easier to build the skills and muscle memory to play the violin.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
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.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(40)
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... 
Group Class


for 6 classes
1x per week, 6 weeks
40 min

Completed by 26 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 8-11
2-6 learners per class

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