You are only 2 hours away from playing the violin!

You'll be playing the violin with a good sound after just one class! Join ViolinSchool’s renowned Beginner Violin Class for Adults - now available ONLINE! - and discover how YOU can play the violin!

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A Perfect Introduction to the Violin

Our 2 hour Beginner Violin Class gives adult learners the best possible start in learning how to play the violin. It’s suitable for both first-time beginners and also as a ‘refresher’ for people who’ve played before (e.g. as a child) and want to come back to the violin. 

TECHNIQUE

We’ll teach you the key principles of how to move your body in a way that allows you to make a beautiful sound on the violin.

MUSIC

We’ll help you understand how to apply technical principles to the music itself, by exploring rhythm, pitch and sound on the violin.

PERFORMANCE

We’ll talk about the basics of performing on the violin, and you’ll play a piece of music together with the other students before you leave!

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with the violin!

Phone: +44 (0)20 3051 0080   Email: support@violinschool.com

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Phone: +44 (0) 20 3051 0080
Email: support@violinschool.com

No convenient time? Please email support@violinschool.com to request a Beginner Violin Class that fits your timezone / schedule!

You don’t need to read music! You'll just need your own violin. 

If you don't yet have a violin, click here and we'll help you find one!

Q: How do I join the class?
A: The class takes place online on Zoom. You will be sent a Zoom meeting link just before your class begins.

Q: Do you offer the class offline?
A: We occasionally run the class in London, England - click here for more information.

Q: Do I need my own violin?
A: Yes, you will need a violin. If you don't already have one, 
click here and we can help you find one that's right for you!

Q: Do I need to read music?
A: No, not for this class. We will usually cover very basic note-reading during the session.

Q: How many people are there in each class?
A: Usually between 3 and 9. To make sure everyone gets plenty of individual attention, we generally keep classes to a maximum of 10 learners. If we have more than 9 learners in a class, then we will have either a second tutor or a teaching assistant present to help tune violins, answer questions, etc.

Q: What comes after the Beginner Violin Class?
A: The Beginner Violin Class leads directly on to our popular Beginner Violin Courses which run three times a year through our 
Coaching Program

There are three instalments - Course A, Course B and Course C. Once you've attended the Beginner Violin Class you'll have the option of joining Course A, which will give you all the foundational skills to play the violin well at a basic level. If you go on to Course B and C, you'll find that - within a year - you can play pretty much any simple melody fluently and beautifully on the violin! 

Q: How can I be sure that the Beginner Violin Class is any good?
A: Our director Simon Hewitt Jones developed the workshop as part of his research at the Royal Academy of Music, refining it over several years to create the quickest possible route to playing the violin in tune and in time with a good basic sound.

It works for everyone because it explains the most important 10 or so core principles of violin playing in a really simple way, without getting into the nitty gritty of complex violin technique. So you really can be playing the violin with a good basic sound in just 2 hours!

Q: I’ve never played the violin in my life / I’d love to try this but I’m a bit nervous…
A: Don’t worry at all. You’ll have a great time. Our tutors are really nice and they take the approach that ‘no question is too silly’. Everyone else at the class will be feeling the same as you! But after a couple of minutes, we’ll tell you everything you need to know. You don’t need any experience at all for this class!

Q: I’ve played the violin before. Is this for me?
A: If you played the violin only at beginner level (i.e. no higher than ABRSM exam grades 3-4) and have not touched it for several years, you’ll certainly benefit from the class – so please go ahead and book today! If you’ve played quite recently, or if you reached higher than ABRSM grade 4-5, then you’re probably better off with our Restarted Program. The best thing to do is to send us an enquiry and we’ll recommend the right class for you.

Q: What happens after the class / what do I do next?
A: Our 10-week Beginner Violin Course leads on directly from the 2-hour Beginner Violin Class. It's possible to join the 10-week course directly, without coming to the 2-hour class, as the same material is covered in weeks 1 & 2 (but in more detail). However, many people like to come to the 2-hour Beginner Violin Class first, to get to know our teaching style before joining the full course.

Following the Beginnner Class, you'll be ready to get started on our Courses, which are available either by membership subscription or through our Coaching Program. Our Learning Advisory team will follow up with you by email to answer any questions and help guide you to the right learning program.

Q: Where do I buy a violin?
A: We can guide you through the process of getting a violin for the first time - click through to our
Beginner Setup process and we'll get you started from there. You can also find plenty of advice about finding a violin in our free online course, 'How To Get Started With The Violin'.

Have a question that's not answered here? 
Give us a call on +44 (0) 20 3051 0080 or email support@violinschool.com and we'll be very happy to advise you!

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Upcoming Dates & Times

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2020

 via Zoom, every Thursday. Start time: 09:00 (San Francisco), 12:00 (New York), 17:00 (London), 19:00 (Jerusalem), 21:30 (New Delhi) ... arrive early if your violin needs tuning!

We recommend attending Session 1 before coming to Session 2!

Thursday 3rd September: Session 2 - The Right Hand, Bowing, Making a Beautiful Sound, Open String Pieces, Your First Performance

Thursday 10th September: Session 1 - Setup, How To Tune the Violin, Posture, How to Hold The Violin, Basic Note Reading, Your First Piece

Thursday 17th September: Session 2 - The Right Hand, Bowing, Making a Beautiful Sound, Open String Pieces, Your First Performance

Thursday 24th September: Session 1 - Setup, How To Tune the Violin, Posture, How to Hold The Violin, Basic Note Reading, Your First Piece

Thursday 1st October: Session 2 - The Right Hand, Bowing, Making a Beautiful Sound, Open String Pieces, Your First Performance

Thursday 8th October: Session 1 - Setup, How To Tune the Violin, Posture, How to Hold The Violin, Basic Note Reading, Your First Piece

Thursday 15th October: Session 2 - The Right Hand, Bowing, Making a Beautiful Sound, Open String Pieces, Your First Performance

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It's time to get started playing the violin! 

We offer a 100% money-back guarantee on all ViolinSchool classes.

If for any reason at all you decide that the Beginner Class is not for you, just let us know by the first break of the day, and we will refund your registration fee in full.

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PRACTICE

We’ll show you how to practise the violin to get better and better. You’ll leave the class knowing exactly what to do next to get the sounds you want.

What you'll learn at the Beginner Violin Class

The Beginner Violin Class will give you clarity about the fundamental principles you need to know in order to play the violin well. You'll learn about:

Sample Class Schedule

11:00am – Welcome: Meet your tutor and your fellow students, get set up, and prepare your violin for the beginning of the class.

11:15am – Warm up session & Basic Techniques: The Body, Breathing, How to Hold the Violin & Bow, Building Checklists

12:00pm – The Musical Principles: Rhythm, Pitch & Sound. Good Rhythm, correct Pitch and beautiful Sound – plus physical freedom and ease – are the core building blocks of good violin playing. Once you get these concepts, you’re on the road to success!

12.30pm – How To Practise: Tragically overlooked by many teachers, the art of How To Practise is an essential skill for violin-playing success, and one that you should master from your first day as a violinist. In the third hour we'll bring everything together and start to prepare a piece of music together - and perform it, before the end of the class!

1:00pm – End Time to leave! But if you are at this point completely thrilled about playing violin (and be warned – that’s quite likely!), you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions afterwards!

How It Works

The class is designed so that you learn intuitively – similar to how a child would learn a language. 

During each hour, we’ll cover a small but critical number of tasks (both technical and musical), and we’ll repeat them really efficiently until you have completely internalised them and they feel really natural for you to do.

What They Say

“I enjoyed the whole session. Thank you very much! Re-familiarizing myself with my violin, starting at scratch and going over the fundamentals… I just loved soaking it all in and the emphasis on the checklist before you start playing – posture etc. I’ve been trying to stand up straight ever since!”

- Leela, Violin Student

About the Beginner Violin Class

ViolinSchool’s Beginner Violin Class was developed by renowned British violinist Simon Hewitt Jones, Director of ViolinSchool, as part of his research at the Royal Academy of Music. 

We’ve been running the class for many years now, and it never fails to get people really excited about the violin. You too can leave after just two hours, being able to:

  • play a tune on the violin
  • know all the strings
  • give a confident performance
  • make a good sound
  • play music with other people
  • know what to do next!
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You'll need a violin before you take this class!

If you don't yet have a violin, then check out ViolinSchool Beginner Setup - our 5 step process for getting started with the violin in the best possible way! We'll start by helping you find the right instrument for you. Read more here:

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Online Class

It's an online class, so we'll have to email you the tea and biscuits...!

This is the ONLINE version of the class, available internationally to all adult learners. We also run an offline version of the class at our London School.

NEW! - Get started straight away ... Our Beginner Class now runs on a weekly cycle, every Thursday on Zoom!

We usually recommend attending Session 1 before you attend Session 2. Once you've booked the class via the link below, we'll send you the Zoom link for the next available session!