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FLEX Beginning Violin Foundations: Sound Great From the Start!

In this 6-week flex course, students will learn how to play their first songs on the violin and the secrets to sounding good from the very beginning!
Rebecca Portillo
37 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
year old learners
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
Flexible schedule
Over 6 weeks
No live meetings

Available times

Table of available sections


Class Experience

Students will learn:
- Main parts and 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 a rhythmic variation of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
- How to play the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star theme
- How to play a scale 
- How to improvise or compose their own violin music using the notes of the scale
Students should practice the assigned exercises and music for 5-10 minutes per day, 4-6 days per week. Practice is most effective when it is spread out over the week. 
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 in place of a shoulder rest. Violins are made in fractional sizes so that children can play successfully. Common fractional sizes for students in the 8-11 year old range include 1/4 size, 1/2 size, and 3/4 size. A full-size (4/4) violin is usually too large for children in this age range. 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! In the third 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. Adult assistance with tuning the instrument may be required, especially if the violin is brand new or has not been tuned in a long time. It is recommended to have an extra set of strings in case a string is broken while learning how to tune the instrument.
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Rebecca Portillo
Lives in the United States
Music Teacher
37 total reviews
85 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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