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Children's Violins: How to Get Them Started

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Learning to play the violin is one of the most beneficial educational experiences for children. While it seems more logical to start kids on piano, the violin is actually a better choice for a number of reasons:

  • A violin is portable so that it can be taken to lessons. Learning to play a piano often requires that a teacher come to the child’s home.
  • Even a good violin costs less than a piano, and many are available for rent.
  • Violins come in varying sizes for children, whereas piano keys are often beyond the spread of a child’s fingers.
  • Compared to other instruments, such as a trumpet or drums, a violin is quiet. Practicing on a violin can be done in any room, unlike a piano.
  • Learning to care for a violin instills a sense of responsibility and pride in a child.
  • It is easier to learn to read music playing a violin, which has only four strings as opposed to six on a guitar.
  • The versatility of sound from a violin almost guarantees that a child won’t get bored with it.


Despite these advantages, some older children may resist learning on a violin as nerdy or uncool. That is where a little creative shopping can help.


Whatever the means you use to entice a child to try the violin, adult musicians agree that mastering it is a watershed moment in learning to love music. Keep abreast of all things violin at How Violins Blog, or contact us here.


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