Children aged 3–4 can start to learn a string instrument. We will start from learning the basics: focusing during a lesson, listening to music and directions, finding the beat, the proper playing posture, arm movements, finger motor skills in playing, understanding melodies, repeating rhythms, and practising at home. Listening to music at home is important for learning.
We will start to practise the basic technique of playing from the first lessons and continue according to the child’s abilities. The aim is to practise in a fun way that suits children’s way of learning through repetition.
String players need the coordination of both arms. The bow arm and the left arm are trained one arm at a time through small games and stories. As the child’s ability to focus improves, they will tackle more difficult techniques and melodies.
We will go through the same basics with older beginners and continue according to the pupil’s abilities.
A small child will need an adult’s help in home practice. A child might not think that practising every day is fun and might not remember to do so in the midst of playtime. It is up to the adult to remember practice and try to find a suitable time for it during the day. Home practice doesn’t have to take long – the routine is more important than the length of the practice. If the child gets used to practising as a natural part of each day, it will become a daily routine.
The child needs their own instrument or a rented instrument for the lessons and home practice. Violins, cellos, and violas come in a range of sizes for players of different sizes. The teacher will help in deciding which size of an instrument suits the pupil.