People, young and not-so-young, learn in several different ways. Some learn by listening, some by reading, others by doing or watching. Most people learn by a combination of these means.

For those inclined to reading, here are some links to existing research :

When learning music, listening is a very key part of the learning process.  No hearing person is tone deaf. There are people who have not yet learned how to listen, but everyone can learn this.  The more you listen, and the more you listen with attentive guidance, the more easily it will become to learn, and the more you will learn.  And the cycle continues.  As adults, it is our responsibility to show young people how to speak by mimicing us. How to say “da-da”, “ma-ma’, etc. They learn this in whatever language they are hearing you speak. If your child grows up in a multi-lingual home, they learn more than one language with no difficulty. (For more information, see this article about First Language.)

New “pre-twinkle” students begin lessons on a violin box, provided by the private teacher.  Your child will not use a real violin until your private teacher asks you to bring it to the lesson.

Violins come in 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 4/4 sizes. We will assist you in selecting the correctly-sized instrument for your child.  For your own protection, please do not purchase or rent an instrument without your private teachers’ approval.  An instrument that is too big is frustrating for the child and may cause physical problems.  Instruments are available for rental or purchase through area dealers.  We also have a list of used instruments of various sizes that our families in the program wish to sell.  Do NOT purchase an instrument on Ebay or Craigslist, no matter how wonderful the deal may seem!!!