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A COMPREHENSIVE ONLINE COURSE TO START YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY WITH THE VIOLIN!

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TELL me and I will forget
SHOW me and I will remember
INVOLVE me and I will understand.
- Chinese Proverb

 

The Beginner Violin Course (Online)

A Comprehensive Course for Beginner Violin Learners

The Beginner Violin Course from ViolinSchool is a comprehensive, step-by-step program that's perfect for anyone starting to play for the first time.

The course will guide you from the first moment you pick up a violin, until you become an accomplished beginner violinist!

By the end of the course, you'll be able to read music fluently, and play your favourite violin tunes in time, in tune and with good sound and musical expression.

You'll be able to perform confidently to your family and friends, and join in playing with other musicians!

From First-Time Player to Fluent Performer

Learn Anytime, Anywhere

If you'd like to get started properly with learning the violin, but your schedule or your location makes it impossible to join a course, then ViolinSchool has the solution for you!


We hear regularly from people who want to join the Violin Courses that we run at our school in London, England, but who are just too far away.

Some people are on the other side of the world, in a different time zone, or living far from a major city. Some people *are* nearby, but their work schedule doesn't fit with the class times.

Whatever your location, the problem is the same:

It's hard to find the same high-quality learning experience that you get from an in-person course, without having to travel. However ...

ViolinSchool's Online BEGINNER VIOLIN COURSE solves this problem! ...

After several years of research into what works (and what doesn't!), we're delighted to announce our new online Beginner Violin Course A, which you can take from the comfort of your own home - no travel required!

Learning can be 'asynchronous' - there are options for live webinars and Zoom classes, but you can also work through the course at a time that suits you.

And of course, all our courses are mobile- and tablet-friendly... you can load the course quickly and easily in your web browser.

You can have the lessons to hand on your music stand during a practice session... or catch up with your learning on the train during your daily commute!

A New Approach To Learning Violin

We've entirely rethought how to deliver online learning for the violin, and it's now possible for you to see remarkable results by participating in our courses, regardless of whether you're learning with us remotely, online, or offline (or both!).

The medium - the tools you use to learn with us - is far less important than what you're learning, why you're learning it, and how it's sequenced.

ACTION-Focused Learning

ViolinSchool's new Online Beginner Course isn't just an 'information dump' for you to navigate, or a YouTube playlist for you to binge-watch!

Yes, there's plenty for you to LEARN... but there's much more for you to DO! (Read up on experiential learning if you'd like to know why this is important!).

You'll use a combination of written / visual materials (print and digital), aural tools (playbacks, audio files, singing and playing exercises), and videos (instructionals, playalongs, coaching exchanges), to engage your brain and your body ... so that you are always learning by doing!

You'll constantly be practising exercises to help you ingrain the technical and theoretical skills you need, so that you become free to create music the way you want to!

Playing The Violin Should Be FUN!

Playing music should be fun. If learning becomes a chore, it stops being fun. Then you stop playing. :(

We're always looking for ways to make our lessons more engaging, more entertaining, and more fun... learning by playing, learning through games, and lots and lots of doing...

The principle? If you enjoy what you're doing, you're going to do more of it!
Simple :)

A Commitment to QUALITY

We're committed to continuous development as teachers, and our practical, frontline experience of working 'in the field' as professional violinists. Our courses are updated termly with new, fresh material, and we're a full time team with a long term mission to transform the way that people learn the violin.

Our work originated in the UK from research projects at Royal Academy of Music and Cambridge University, and our top team has worked for organisations including the London Symphony Orchestra and Universal Music.

We've been part of projects with almost every major orchestra and record label in the UK, as well as numerous recording sessions for some of the best in the business, from NPR and the BBC to EMI, Virgin, Warner, and others.

Our teaching is based not just on classroom theory, but on hard-won practical experience.

New Year Term 2021

Term begins week of 11th January - late enrolment possible util 25th January

Our courses now run for 10 weeks, three times a year.
The next editions of Online Beginner Courses A, B and C are available as part of the 2021 New Year Term at ViolinSchool.
Enrolment Deadline: 4th January 2021
Coaching & Live Classes Begin: 11th January 2021
Late Enrolments: Until 25th January, subject to availability
Final Livestream / Concert / Course Submissions: Saturday 27th March 2021

Coaching Program Fee: USD $470 (or GBP £350). Instalment plans available.

Course Requirements

To make the most of the course, you will need:

A violin and bow (obviously!), with case, shoulder rest & accessories.

A decent internet connection
This doesn't need to be super fast, but it does need to be able to play videos smoothly. If you can watch YouTube without any problems, you'll be OK.

'Full Enrolment' Learners also need:

A Camera / Smartphone / Webcam
You'll need to take up to 5x short videos (of no more than 5 minutes each), in order to complete the course assignments.

A Music Stand
Essential for good posture when reading sheet music.

Our free online course 'How to Get Started with the Violin' will tell you everything you need to know about getting set up and ready to play. If you don't have an instrument yet, click here to get started right now!

What's in the Course?

The Beginner Violin Course includes Lessons, Explainers, Worksheets, Video lessons, and more! As soon as your registration is confirmed, you'll get full access to everything!

Full Colour Coursebooks

From January 2021, every enrolment on the ViolinSchool Beginner Course includes a gorgeous full-colour Coursebook, created ESPECIALLY for this course by the team at ViolinSchool.

Each page takes you through a series of activities that build up your intuitive skill as well as your understanding. First you do, then you repeat, then you understand.

The books are the printed versions of our online courses, so every lesson is available to you in the format you want - print, online, downloadable PDF, interactive digital music player, and backing track.

The books are printed by one of the world's leading specialist music printers, on proper cream-coloured music paper, which is easy to read (and won't fade - these books are built to last!)

Instructional Videos

Follow along with Simon and Setareh in real time, as they explain different concepts, show you practice exercises, and play the pieces of music with you!

Explainers

Our downloadable, printable 'Explainers' give you a clear, simple, full-colour explanation of each topic.

Each new technical concept is introduced with a simple explanation, using clear, real-life analogies to explain each new idea.

Practice Activities

Interactive practice activity videos show you in real time how to practise your rhythm and pitch skills.
Follow along on video with the exercises, and sing or clap the exercises you see on the screen and on your printed sheets.
Before you know it, your rhythm and pitch skills will be super-focused and reliable!

Exercises

Once you've learnt a topic, you need to practise it until you've mastered it!

For each topic, the course includes multiple exercises which will help you to build up your muscle memories, and drill in the techniques you need to play fluently and confidently.

Playbacks & Playalongs

Playing whilst listening is a crucial skill. Use our video playbacks to hear the music you're learning, to help you hear clearly which notes you need to play. Then the digital playalong videos will accompany you with a fun, interesting backing track whilst you play the tune. You'll be making music straight away!

Checklists

It's one thing to learn a concept, but it's another to internalise it so that you can rely on your instincts.
Train your muscles and your default body movements using our friendly, colourful, easy-to-use checklists.
Then you'll automatically make the right technical movements... even when you're busy thinking about something else!

Worksheets

Sometimes you need to work through an idea on a sheet of paper, to make sure that it's really sunk into your brain!
By committing an answer to paper, you'll remember it more clearly... whether it's filling in the gaps in a sequence, or filling in the correct notes or musical symbols!
Write your answers on each worksheet, and then check the supplied answer sheets to see if you got it right!

Music Theory (Note Reading)

You don't have to learn music notation to play the violin... but it makes it a lot faster, and easier to communicate about! So the Beginner Violin Course includes full music theory and note reading training.

Within a few hours, you'll be reading music fluently - even if you've never used sheet music before!

Sheet Music

Once you've learned to read music, there'll be nothing stopping you... you can expand your knowledge of different styles and genres by discovering and reading pretty much anything that uses the violin clef (notes)!

All our colourful sheet music is professionally typeset (we also run
a small string music publishing company!), so it's easy to read and looks great on the page. There's a big selection of famous tunes in the course, as well as beautiful melodies written exclusively for ViolinSchool.

Course Curriculum

All classes will vary slightly because we constantly update the curriculum, topics and repertoire to keep things fresh ... and each teacher has their own style!

That said, here's an overview of the topics you can expect to cover in each of the 3 Beginner Courses. Start with Course A, and go from there!

COURSE A

Topics include:

Finger Numbers - First Finger Notes - Sight-Reading - Duets - Writing Rhythms - Minims (Half Notes) - Dotted Minims - Semibreves (Whole Notes) - Key Signatures - G Major - 2nd & 3rd Finger Notes - D Major - A Major - Lines & Spaces - Tonic Solfa - Double Stops - Slurs - Scales - G, D and A Arpeggios - The 4th Finger - Finger Pattern 1

Repertoire includes:

Bear Dance - Twinkle Twinkle - Jungle Footprints - Tapping Up and Down - Have a Cup of Tea - Mind the Gap - Conker Fight - Jungle Blues - Do as I Do - Happy Birthday - Pterasaurs Soaring High - Waltzing Grizzalo - The Cuckoo - Big Black Beetle - The Buffoons - Pumpkin Pie - Bach Minuet Duet

COURSE B

Topics include:

G, D and A Major Scales - Dotted Rhythms - Triplets - Sight-Reading - Slurred String Crossings - Harmonics - Bow Division - Trills - Double Stops - Rests - Intervals o the Major Scale - The Dotted Crotchet - Finger Pattern 2 - Second Finger Notes Bb, F, C, G - Accidentals - G Major, 2 Octaves - C Major - Dominant 7ths on G, D, A - The Dotted Quaver - Major and Minor - F Major

Repertoire includes:

Vivaldi Autumn - Pirate Ship - Lightly Row - Lullaby - Fly High Pterodactyl - Ode to Joy - Riddle Dance - Peasant's March - Air by Handel - Stamping Dance - Cradle Song - Rigaudon - Cockles and Mussels (Molly Malone) - Brahms Lullaby - Waltzing Matilda - Kalinka - Mr Susato's Saltarello - I Like the Flowers

COURSE C

Topics include:

G Harmonic Minor - Intervals of the Harmonic Minor - D Harmonic Minor - Vibrato - A Harmonic Minor - Chromatic Notes - Time Signature 6/8 - Finger Pattern 3 -A Major 2 Octaves - E Major 1 Octave - Slurs: 6 in a Bow - B Major 1 Octave - Spiccato Bowing - A, E, B Harmonic Minor - Finger Pattern 3 (From Bb) - Bb Major 1 Octave - Eb Major 1 Octave - The Circle of Fifths - Dominant 7ths on A, E and B

Repertoire includes:

My Turn Next Time - To The Greenwood - Rock ’n’ Roll Rondo - Stomping Dance - Basse Dance - Loch Lomond - Quicker, Quicker Caterpillar - Riddle Song - Largo from the New World - The Irish Washerwoman - English Country Garden - Spinners' Waltz 0 Spiccato Race - Rieding, Theme from Concerto in B Minor - Rumbango - Chanson Triste - Skaters Lullaby - Brother, Come And Dance With Me - Handel Minuets 1 and 2 - Waltz by Mozart (Duet)

If you have any questions about the curriculum or about any of the topics covered in Course A, just ask! Email us at support@violinschool.com and we'll be very happy to advise you.

Enrol Today!

You can register for Beginner Violin Course A, B or C right here online.

Full Course Enrolment includes full ViolinSchool Membership until after the end of Term. It also includes:

10x Weekly group classes on Zoom (relayed live from our London school)
Weekly Practice Sessions via Zoom, every Thursday
The online version of the course (self-paced online lessons)
A Full-Colour Printed Coursebook and Welcome Pack
All Digital Library Resources
All Class & Course Replays
All Online Zoom Special Events and Webcasts
End of Term Livestream Event on Saturday 27th March 2021

You can also buy additional credits for Video Reviews or 121 Coaching Calls, whenever you need extra support.

Coaching & Support: You will have direct access to our Coaching Team (Simon, David, Marisol & Caroline) via phone or email, whenever you need it. 3x 20-minute Coaching Calls or Video Exchanges are also included, so you can get the help you need whenever you need it! You'll get feedback on your assignments, to ensure you're on track with your learning, and answer any questions you may have.

Regular Assignments: Each lesson contains a series of activities that will help you build up your skills in your own time. We'll show you how to regularly practice and record your playing, so that you consolidate your skills and build up a strong intuitive ability.

Accountability: There's nothing like a deadline to keep you focused! If you'd like a certificate of course completion, you will need to complete your assignments by the current end-of-course deadline (31st March 2021) in order to earn it!

Certification: Once you submit at least 2 assignments and complete the course, you'll earn an official certification from ViolinSchool that you've completed Course A.

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Learning Support

Since we were founded in 2012, the team at ViolinSchool has helped literally thousands of learners to successfully learn the violin... and now we can do the same for you!

When you enrol in one of our Beginner Courses, you'll have direct support for the period of your enrolment from our team of specalists, so whenever you have a question, help is on hand!

Our Coaching Team includes Simon, David, Marisol, Setareh and Caroline - you can meet us below! We're available by email throughout the week to answer any questions you may have, and to provide personal feedback and guidance on each of your assignments.

In the unlikely event that you need extra support on a topic, we will schedule a short phone or video call, or provide further guidance through video exchange (we send you a personalised video response)... in short, whatever it takes to make sure you succeed!

Simon Hewitt Jones

Simon has performed in every capacity as a violinist - from solo appearances on Radio and TV, to symphony orchestras, to session recording in London, and everything in between!

His research at the Royal Academy of Music led to the founding of ViolinSchool in 2012.

Read more about Simon >>

A true teacher, Setareh's dedication to the success of ViolinSchool learners is underpinned by a deep understanding of the Adult learning experience learning the violin.

Setareh is a professional Yoga teacher, whose unique understanding of body dynamics informs learners on the relationship between the body and the violin!

Setareh Mood

David Worswick

Before joining ViolinSchool, David was a first violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra, where he played around the world with many of the world's most renowned musicians and conductors.

As Head of Learning at ViolinSchool, David leads the design of our curriculum and courses. He's a prolific composer, and writes many of ViolinSchool's pieces!

Read more about David >>

Registration

You can enrol for the course right now using the form below! If you wish to pay the course fee in instalments, please mention this in the form, and we will contact you with payment options.

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions about the course, please don't hesitate to email or phone us:

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

(24/7 Reception - Call Anytime)

AS FEATURED ON:

If Julian can do it, so can you! Read on to learn about how the magic happens...

Hear us on BBC Radio!

Here's what happened when ViolinSchool's Simon Hewitt Jones visited BBC World Service Radio to teach presenter Julian Marshall how to play the violin...

Live Classes: Dates & Times

2021

WEDNESDAYS - LIVE CLASSES RELAYED FROM LONDON

  • Level 1 (Course A) - 90 minutes
    10:30 (San Francisco), 13:30 (New York), 18:30 (London), 20:30 (Jerusalem), 23:00 (New Delhi)
  • Level 1 (Course B)
    12:00 (San Francisco), 15:00 (New York), 20:00 (London), 22:00 (Jerusalem), Thurs 00:30 (New Delhi)

THURSDAYS - PRACTICE SESSIONS ON ZOOM

  • Parents & Children
    08:00 (San Francisco), 11:00 (New York), 16:00 (London), 18:00 (Jerusalem), 20:30 (New Delhi)
  • Beginner Class - Session 1 or 2
    09:00 (San Francisco), 12:00 (New York), 17:00 (London), 19:00 (Jerusalem), 21:30 (New Delhi)
  • Level 1 (Course A)
    10:00 (San Francisco), 13:00 (New York), 18:00 (London), 20:00 (Jerusalem), 22:30 (New Delhi)
  • Level 1 (Course B)
    11:00 (San Francisco), 14:00 (New York), 19:00 (London), 21:00 (Jerusalem), 23:30 (New Delhi)
  • Level 2 (Course C)
    12:00 (San Francisco), 15:00 (New York), 20:00 (London), 22:00 (Jerusalem), 00:30 (New Delhi)
  • Level 2 (Course D)
    13:00 (San Francisco), 16:00 (New York), 21:00 (London), 23:00 (Jerusalem), 01:30 (New Delhi)

SATURDAYS

  • Level 1 (Course A)
    00:00 (San Francisco), 04:00 (New York), 09:00 (London), 11:00 (Jerusalem), 13:30 (New Delhi)
  • Level 1 (Course B)
  • 01:30 (San Francisco), 05:30 (New York), 10:30 (London), 13:30 (Jerusalem), 15:00 (New Delhi)
  • Level 2 (Course C)
    04:30 (San Francisco), 07:30 (New York), 12:30 (London), 14:30 (Jerusalem), 17:00 (New Delhi)
  • Level 2 (Course D)
    06:15 (San Francisco), 09:15 (New York), 14:15 (London), 16:15 (Jerusalem), 18:45 (New Delhi)

HALF TERM

20th January: Half Term

END OF TERM LIVESTREAM (Live from London)

27th March: 2.30pm London Time

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Live Classes & 
Weekly Practice Sessions

via Zoom

ViolinSchool has introduced extra Zoom classes during the Covid-19 pandemic, and they've proved to be an increasingly popular option - providing  most of the benefits of in-person classes, and several other benefits too

As Zoom sessions have grown, it's become easier to involve the whole of our global community of learners in live classes (and we're planning to increase the number of sessions in the near future, to be able to serve most timezones. 

In Zoom classes, it's possible to work face to face on detailed technical issues in a way that’s just not possible in a group class. And the convenience of having extra tuition sessions without having to travel has proved to be really useful for many people.

In the term ahead, we'll be mixing live class relays from our London school (Wednesdays and Saturdays) with Zoom-only practice sessions on Thursdays. This model allows us to introduce a much wider range of classes, including international guest presenters, scale practice sessions, repertoire classes, and much more.

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