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Children's Violins: How to Get Them Started

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.


photo credit: Pamela Machado via photopin cc

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