Category: Violin Lessons

The Biggest Error With Adult Violin Lessons Online

by: Richard Rowley

There are many adults worldwide searching for violin lessons online or offline. Learning to play any instrument later in life is a very challenging and exciting time. However there is one common mistake that many adults make during the learning curve. If you can avoid this you will progress much quicker.

The major error I see a lot of adults make when learning an instrument is that their ears are too developed! Okay I know this sounds strange and having developed ears is not really the problem.Continue reading The Biggest Error With Adult Violin Lessons Online

Suzuki Violin Compared To Traditional Violin Lessons

By Helen Baxter

The Suzuki violin method has come to dominate the way violin is taught in America and throughout much of the world. Mention the Suzuki violin method to music educators, and you will get a variety of responses.

While it is common for some teachers to mix elements of Suzuki violin method with the traditional approach other teachers either love or hate the Suzuki method. Let’s examine the Suzuki violin versus the traditional violin below.

The Suzuki violin study method emphasizes passive modes of learning – watching and listening. Before engaging in formal study, Suzuki violin students are exposed to recordings of the first and subsequent pieces they will play, as well as recordings of great performances from the general classical repertory.

This continues when students begin formal study and as they progress. Recordings are played as “background music,” for hours each day and at low volume levels. Here, the thinking is that exposure to recordings is similar to the effect of immersion that naturally occurs in the process of primary language acquisition.

Successful study is enhanced by prolonged repeated exposure. Suzuki violin students develop an internal model of the music to be studied. They memorize the music and internalize the nuances of pitch, tone, timing, articulation, and dynamics demonstrated in recorded performances.Continue reading Suzuki Violin Compared To Traditional Violin Lessons