THE BEGINNER

VIOLIN COURSE

A COMPLETE TEN WEEK COURSE TO START YOUR JOURNEY WITH THE VIOLIN!

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Here's a video we published before our first Beginner Course in Autumn 2017... 
it will give you a taste of what to expect in 2018!

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COURSE A

Get Started 

Thursdays, 6.30pm to 8pm
Thursday 27th September to Thursday 29th November

or

Saturdays, 9am to 10.30am
Saturday 29th September to Saturday 1st December


COURSE A

Curriculum

What We'll Learn

Here's what we'll be covering during the course:


Weeks 1-2: The Essentials

During the first two weeks, we'll get right down to First Principles, and lay the foundations for a lifetime of great violin playing.

We'll make sure that you're completely clear on the physical basics of good posture, bowing, and sound production, and that you're starting to build up reliable instincts across all the basic techniques.


Week 3: How to Practise

In this crucially important session, you'll learn how to make the most of the time you have to practise, and to be efficient and effective with your practice time in order to achieve your goals.


Week 4 - The Right Arm & Hand

Clean, clear bowing is one of the most important aspects of violin playing - and it's essential for creating a beautiful tone.

We'll learn the principles of good bowing technique so that you can make a beautiful sound on the violin - and change the sound according to the expression you want!

Week 5 REVIEW WEEK!

An opportunity to review everything that we've worked on so far... We'll revisit some of the sheet music we've already learnt, and work in more detail on any topics that you'd like extra help with. 

There'll be plenty of time for Q&A, so bring your questions and we'll get them answered!

Week 6 The Left Arm & Hand

In the sixth week, we'll cover all the principles you need to develop a rock solid, ultra relaxed left hand and arm technique.

We'll learn how to build finger exercises and scale patterns, and make a start on the big, exciting topic of intonation... in other words, knowing exactly where to put your fingers!

Week 7 - Co-ordination

This is the week when we link everything up... and all the different aspects of violin playing that we've learnt in the previous weeks will really come together.

As your habits become more and more 'automatic', you'll feel an increasing sense of ease and fluency as you play.

This will lead to greater security and confidence as you start to experiment with different pieces of music.

Week 8 - How to Play in a Group

In week 7, we'll revisit everything we've learnt over the previous sessions, and start applying it to group playing.

You'll hone your listening and communication skills in the context of group performance, and - most importantly - experience the joy of playing music with other violinists!

Week 9 - How to Perform

As we continue to consolidate the basic techniques, we'll also learn how to prepare for our first performance.

By understanding the physiological changes in the body when we walk onstage, **and preparing accordingly**, you'll learn how to play at your best in any situation!

Week 10 - FINAL WEEK!

In the final week of the course, we'll bring together everything that we've learnt, and prepare for an optional first performance for you!

Through careful practice and training, we'll make sure that you're really confident about everything you've done so far, ready and prepared to play in front of an audience, and clear about what to practise so that your learning continues effectively once the course is over!

 

COURSE B

Continue Learning

Thursdays, 8pm to 9.30pm
Thursday 27th September to Thursday 29th November

or

Saturdays, 10.30am to 12pm
Saturday 29th September to Saturday 1st December


Curriculum

What We'll Learn

COURSE B picks up directly from where Course A left off. The course will be Repertoire-led, and will include a series of exercises for each topic through Level 1 of the ViolinSchool Curriculum.

The course will include exclusive ViolinSchool repertoire and exercises from the ViolinSchool Digital Library, and will be structured according to the needs of each 'cohort' of participants.

By the end of Course B you will be playing pieces of music fluently in first position, using all the different fingers, and feel confident about playing in a group environment. 

You'll be able to read any simple pieces of violin music at sight, and the extensive consolidation work we do on the Course A topics, will give an extremely strong foundation to your technique.

The exact route through the curriculum will begin to be more dynamic, according to the needs of each group. If you have any specific questions about which topics will be included, please get in touch with us directly for the most up to date information!

COURSE C

Continue Learning


Saturdays, 12.30pm to 2pm
Saturday 29th September to Saturday 1st December


Curriculum

What We'll Learn

COURSE C picks up directly from where Course B left off. The course will be Repertoire-led, and will include a series of exercises for each topic through Level 1 of the ViolinSchool Curriculum.

The course will include exclusive ViolinSchool repertoire and exercises from the ViolinSchool Digital Library, and will be structured according to the needs of each 'cohort' of participants.

By the end of Course B you will be playing pieces of music fluently in first position, using all the different fingers, and feel confident about playing in a group environment. 

You'll be able to read any simple pieces of violin music at sight, and the extensive consolidation work we do on the Course A topics, will give an extremely strong foundation to your technique.

The exact route through the curriculum will begin to be more dynamic, according to the needs of each group. If you have any specific questions about which topics will be included, please get in touch with us directly for the most up to date information!

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The Tutor for Course A, B and C in Autumn 2018 will be:
Simon Hewitt Jones

If we have a large class, additional support will be provided by David Worswick on Thursdays sessions and Setareh Mood on Saturdays

in London!

Hi! I'm Simon Hewitt Jones, and over the next 10 weeks I'm going to help you get the best possible start to learning the violin!

Here at ViolinSchool we've created a 10-week beginner course in London, which will take you step by step through the most important 'foundational' skills for good violin playing.

A Comprehensive Program for Beginner Learners

The Beginner Violin Course will get you playing comfortably and confidently in 1st position, so that you can start playing pieces of music straight away.

Every session of the course is really PRACTICAL. Through a comprehensive series of exercises, you'll learn how to apply all the techniques in the way that works best for you.

After 10 weeks, you'll be able to play your favourite melodies with a beautiful sound, and perform to others with clarity and confidence.

You'll also learn the basics of playing violin with other people -- so you could even join in with the Christmas Violin Orchestra, which begins straight after the course!

Most importantly, by the time you finish the Beginner Violin Course, you'll have started to build up really strong technical habits that will set you up for whatever you want to achieve with your violin playing.

We'll help you to put together a personalised learning and practice plan, that will give you a clear map to help you realise your goals.

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— DATES —

The Beginner Violin Course is running for 10 weeks between September and December, 2018. You can choose from a weekday or a weekend course.

DATES AND TIMES

The Weekday Course A, for first-time beginners, starts on Thursday 27th September 2018, and runs from 6.30pm to 8pm each Thursday evening, with the final session on Thursday 29th November.

The Weekend Course A starts on Saturday 29th September 2018, then runs from 9am to 10.30am each Saturday morning, with the final session on Saturday 1st December.

The Weekday Course B, will start on Thursday 27th September 2018, and runs from 8pm to 9.30pm each Thursday evening, with the final session on Thursday 29th November.

The Weekend Course B starts on Saturday 29th September 2018, then runs from 10.30am to 12pm each Saturday morning, with the final session on Saturday 1st December.

The new Weekend Course C starts on Saturday 29th September 2018, then runs from 12.30pm to 2pm each Saturday afternoon, with the final session on Saturday 1st December
Course C currently runs on Saturdays only.

Course C participants are also welcome to stay on for the ViolinHub, ViolinSchool's Saturday afternoon open sessions for more experienced players, which begin at 2pm.

Missing a class? If you're booked onto the Saturday course but need to come on a Thursday one week, or vice versa, then we'll do our very best to fit you in to the other class if space allows.

— LOCATION —

Our Thursday venue is Westminster City School in Victoria (Victoria Tube/Rail).

Our Saturday venue will be St Gabriel's Halls on Lupus Street in Pimlico.(Pimlico Tube, or direct bus from Victoria station).

We only have a limited number of places available for each class, so if you'd like to secure your place now, then click the button below to reserve your place!

If you have any questions, just give us a call or send us an email. We're here throughout the week, and will be delighted to answer any questions you may have!

We look forward to seeing you soon at ViolinSchool!

Guarantee: The ViolinSchool Promise

As with every course that ViolinSchool offers, the Beginner Violin Course is fully guaranteed.

If for *any* reason you decide that the Course isn't right for you, then just let us know after the first session, and we'll refund you in full.

Availability of places is limited, because we cap the class size at a maximum of 10 learners per course, to be sure that everyone has enough personal attention.

So if you know that you'd like to join the course, let us know as soon as you can. If you like, you can reserve your place for a deposit of just £100 (with the balance due at the start of the course). Or if you would like to pay in instalments, just ask.

Here's a quick reminder of what you'll be getting as part of the Beginner Violin Course:

  • A Weekly 90 minute class
  • A Personalised Learning Plan
  • Direct support from Simon and Setareh during the course
  • All printed music and class resources

If you've already taken part in our beginner class then you'll know how surprisingly quick and rewarding your learning can be, especially when you learn exactly the right things in exactly the right order!

You'll also have experienced the power of building good habits from the very beginning of your first session and this, as you'll see later in the course, afffects EVERYTHING!

Over the past 5 years we've helped literally hundreds of learners to start playing the violin through our ever popular Beginner Violin Class.

I talked about how we do this last year on BBC World Service Radio - check out the clip in the video below of me teaching presenter Julian Marshall how to play a simple melody on the violin!

What They Say

Testimonials will be available soon!

Applying What You've Learnt

ViolinSchool's Beginner Violin Course in London will not only give you the knowledge you need to succeed with the violin, but help you to APPLY that knowledge in a way that works for you.

1) Confidence & Accomplishment

From the very first session, you'll build up your confidence as you begin to learn the core techniques, and before long you'll feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment as you start to generate the sound you want... reliably and consistently!

2) Expression

You'll be able to play the music you want to play, and express emotion to others in a powerful way.

3) Social

It's also a lot of fun - social learning is a big part of ViolinSchool, and you'll get to meet other musicians who'll be sharing the journey with you as you set off into the wonderful world of the violin!

REPERTOIRE & THE VIOLINSCHOOL DIGITAL LIBRARY

Reading Music

Note reading is a essential tool for

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— TUTORS, COACHING & RESOURCES —

For Autumn 2018, Simon Hewitt Jones will be leading each session, with David Worswick and  Setareh Mood occasionally assisting for larger classes. Learning Support is available throughout the week by phone or email, if required.

In the unlikely event that you need extra coaching with any of the topics that we cover, one to one lessons will be available with Simon or David during the week, either at our lesson studio in Victoria (near Victoria Station), or via Skype.

eLearning is a core part of what ViolinSchool offers, and all our online resources are fully integrated with our offline courses. If you register for optional ViolinSchool Membership ($19USD - approx £15 - per month), you'll have full access to our online courses and our digital library, which features hundreds of pieces of sheet music, technical exercises, scales and practice tools, and much much more - with new materials being added every week.

Most importantly, the sequence of the Beginner Violin Course and the online learning work together, so that you can use the eLearning tools to help you revise and practise the topics between classes too.

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— Why It Works —

— APPLYING YOUR SKILLS —

~ Course A ~

There are quite literally NO prior requirements to take part in Course A! You don't even need to read music, as we cover the basics of note reading as part of the program.

You WILL need your own violin for the course, although if you haven't yet got one, you can borrow an instrument from us during weeks 1 and 2. You will need your own violin and bow, ideally from about week 3 onwards, so that you can practise between the classes. (Our free online 'Get Set Up' course will help you discover how to find a violin that's right for you).

~ Introductory Beginner Classes & Lessons ~

You can start straight away with Course A, and many people do. But if you'd prefer to get to know our teaching style first, or if you have lots of questions, or if you're unsure about whether the violin is right for you, then we recommend starting with our popular 3-hour Beginner Violin Class.

The Beginner Class is very similar in content to Weeks 1 and 2 of the 10-Week Course, and it will give you a taste of how ViolinSchool works, and a chance to meet your tutor(s) before enrolling. We always run several Beginner Classes before the start of each new Course, to give you plenty of time/date options!

Alternatively, you can come for a One to One lesson at our studio in Victoria, before the course begins. This gives us an opportunity to meet and talk through your goals, and be sure that the Beginner Course is right for you. Just get in touch with us and ask for a time that suits your schedule.

But remember, if you can't get to a lesson or class in advance of the main course, that's no problem, as we'll cover (and consolidate!) all of the Beginner Class topics in plenty of detail during the first few weeks of the main course.

~ Is the Beginner Violin Course right for me? Which Course - A, B or C? ~

Before joining the Beginner Violin Course, you'll want to to be sure that the level is exactly right for you. Here are some of the answers to questions we get asked most frequently!

Q: I've never played before - will I still be able to join the Course?

A: Yes - Course A is designed especially for you! If you've quite literally never played a violin, or haven't learnt a musical instrument before, then we recommend coming to a 3-hour Beginner Violin Class beforehand, we'd recommend it.

Q: I'm a beginner but I've had a few lessons / learnt a bit on YouTube / have been playing for a few months. Which course is best for me?

A: Probably Course A, but possibly Course B - it really depends on what topics you've already covered and how secure your 'fundamental' techniques (such as posture and bowing arm) already are. The best thing is to give us a call on 020 3051 0080 (or email us and we'll arrange a time to speak), to talk through where you've got to and what the best approach would be.

If you are joining Course B but are new to ViolinSchool, we would usually suggest taking a 1.5-2hr personal coaching session first, so that Simon (or David) can understand your current experience level and make sure nothing is missing from your fundamental techniques.

Q: I used to play the violin as a child but I want to start again. What should I do?

A: The Beginner Violin Course is ideal for people who want to restart violin playing after a long time away. Your rhythm and pitch knowledge will all be there! But you'll need to build up your technical movements once again.

Most 'restarting' violinists begin with the 3-hour Beginner Violin Class, followed by the Beginner Violin Course A, but if you achieved a level equivalent to at least ABRSM (exam board) Grade 5 or above on the violin, then you may wish to join us for Course B. The best thing is to give us a call (020 3051 0080) and we'll talk you through the options!

— COURSE REQUIREMENTS —

~ Course A ~

There are quite literally NO prior requirements to take part in Course A! You don't even need to read music, as we cover the basics of note reading as part of the program.

You WILL need your own violin for the course, although if you haven't yet got one, you can borrow an instrument from us during weeks 1 and 2. But you will need your own violin and bow from week 3 onwards, so that you can practise between the classes.

~ Introductory Beginner Classes & Lessons ~

Although you can start straight away with Course A, we do however recommend taking our popular3-hour Beginner Violin Class first, if you can. This will give you a taste of how ViolinSchool works, and a chance to meet your tutor(s) before enrolling. We always run several Beginner Classes before the start of each new Course, to give you plenty of time/date options!

Alternatively, you can come for a One to One lesson at our studio in Victoria, before the course begins. This gives us an opportunity to meet and talk through your goals, and be sure that the Beginner Course is right for you. Just get in touch with us and ask for a time that suits your schedule.

But remember, if you can't get to a lesson or class in advance of the main course, that's no problem, as we'll cover (and consolidate!) all of the Beginner Class topics in plenty of detail during the first few weeks of the course.

~ Is the Beginner Violin Course right for me? Course A or Course B? ~

Before joining the Beginner Violin Course, you'll want to to be sure that the level is exactly right for you. Here are some of the answers to questions we get asked most frequently!

Q: I've never played before - will I still be able to join the Course?

A: Yes - Course A is designed especially for you! If you've quite literally never played a violin, or haven't learnt a musical instrument before, then we recommend coming to a 3-hour Beginner Violin Class beforehand, we'd recommend it.

Q: I'm a beginner but I've had a few lessons / learnt a bit on YouTube / have been playing for a few months. Which course is best for me?

A: Probably Course A, but possibly Course B - it really depends on what topics you've already covered and how secure your 'fundamental' techniques (such as posture and bowing arm) already are. The best thing is to give us a call on 020 3051 0080 (or email us and we'll arrange a time to speak), to talk through where you've got to and what the best approach would be.

If you are joining Course B but are new to ViolinSchool, we would usually suggest taking a 1.5-2hr personal coaching session first, so that Simon (or David) can understand your current experience level.

Q: I used to play the violin as a child but I want to start again. What should I do?

A: The Beginner Violin Course is ideal for people who want to restart violin playing after a long time away. Your rhythm and pitch knowledge will all be there! But you'll need to build up your technical movements once again.

Most 'restarting' violinists begin with the 3-hour Beginner Violin Class, followed by the Beginner Violin Course A, but if you achieved a level equivalent to at least ABRSM (exam board) Grade 5 or above on the violin, then you may wish to join us for Course B. The best thing is to give us a call (020 3051 0080) and we'll talk you through the options!

What comes after the Beginner Course?

After completing the Beginner Course, you'll be able to take part straight away in one of the many playing opportunities we offer at ViolinSchool. One of the great things about playing the violin is that there are SO many possibilities for making music together with others... and by the time you complete the Beginner Violin Courses, you'll be able to do just that!

To help you build up your playing experience, we run a program of Events and Classes throughout the year, including our popular twice-annual Violin Orchestra, for you to enjoy making music together with others.

The Violin Orchestra

You'll be able to take part in The Violin Orchestra as soon as you've finished the 10 week course. So if you want to, you can get stuck in straight away to some serious music making!

ViolinHubs

ViolinHub is our popular series of Saturday afternoon open sessions for intermediate and advanced players. It's a great opportunity for anyone on Course C or above to begin expanding their playing experience. Each week we begin with some technical warm ups, then we work on performance skills including an opportunity for people to play solos and build up their performance experience. The rest of the session is repertoire led, with a broad range of ensemble music to play and explore together.

The music we play at ViolinHubs often finds its way into our twice-annual concerts, which take place in July and December. So come along and be part of the fun!

— WHAT COMES NEXT? —

 September to December 2018 

Course Starts: 27th/29th September 2018. Registration deadline: 10pm, Wednesday 26th September.

 September to  
 December 2018 

Please note: ViolinSchool's office and lesson studio is based elsewhere in Victoria - we will be at these venues only on tuition days!

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— COURSE FEE —

The course fee is £350, and you can reserve a place with a £100 deposit (balance payable two weeks before the start of the course).

We also encourage you to join ViolinSchool as a member, so that you have access to our digital courses and library during your course. Membership is USD$19/month or a one-off subscription of $99 for 6 months. You can sign up online here.

We occasionally have a bursary rate available, depending on the number of participants in a class - please write to us for further information. Alternatively, payment in instalments may also be possible.

We recommend sending the course fee by bank transfer, but it is also possible to pay by debit or credit card or PayPal using the online booking form.