If you are contemplating learning to play the violin for adults or wondering if your three-year-old is at an appropriate age to learn violin, the answer can vary depending on a number of factors.

Whether you are searching violin lessons for adults or violin lessons for kids, one of the most frequently asked questions regarding the violin is when is the best time to begin.

It’s no secret that the violin is an extremely difficult instrument to learn and there is a lot to know too. When you start playing violin you will be introduced not only to how to hold the bow, posture for left-handed violin players, or techniques for right-handed musicians, but you will need to learn music theory too.

So when is the best age to learn violin?

In this article, we will unpack all the pros, cons, and complexities regarding both violin lessons for adults and violin lessons for kids.

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Is it Difficult to Start Playing Violin?

Making the decision to start playing violin is a wise, but ambitious choice! As an instrument, it certainly has a reputation for being almost impossible to master, however with enough practice it certainly becomes easier and easier as time goes on.

If you are searching for methods for learning to play the violin for adults, don’t be discouraged, it is possible.

The violin, which is a descendent of the vielle has a rich and noble history. Its current form came about during the 17th century and was traditionally a pastime to which only wealthy, aristocratic-type musicians had access. Today, fortunately, the price of violins and essential accessories like chinrests is wide-ranging.

In days gone by you would also need to audition to attend a prestigious music academy or conservatoire to start playing violin. Today, this has all changed, not only are private violin teachers affordable and therefore accessible to all but there is also the option of taking online violin lessons with a private tutor or by self-teaching.

Online marketplaces for instruments as well as remote tutoring have helped to bring prices associated with learning the violin down. In fact, in South Africa, if you visit a leading music retailer like Marshall Music you are bound to find something to suit your budget.

How much do violins cost?
Violins aren't necessarily the cheapest instrument to learn. (Source: HeungSoon)

Regardless of cost, it is a difficult instrument to play, so on the subject of music retailers, remember to include a violin mute into your budget because even the best and most expensive violin in the world, can sound absolutely atrocious in the hands of someone who has decided to start playing violin as a beginner.

Whether you are taking violin lessons for adults or violin lessons for kids, you can count on one fact, regardless of your choice of age to learn violin, it will take years of practice and dedication before you can call yourself a violinist.

Another important factor that is directly proportionate to how long it takes to learn violin is the number of lessons you are able to take. This can depend on a number of factors including whether you are being taught in a group at a music school, self-teaching, or learning with a private violin tutor.

Of course, if you already have musical background it can save you time even if you are a late starter and decide to take violin lessons for adults as an older student.

Whatever your foundation, there is plenty of advice available if you want to know how to progress in violin study.

The Advantage of Violin Lessons for Kids

Learning to play the violin for adults is possible, however, there are huge advantages to learning any instrument from a young age, and given that the violin is quite challenging if you are considering violin lessons for kids, you could find tutors who are willing to teach children who are as young as 6 or 7.

Six or seven is usually the age at which children have developed the necessary motor skills to be able to manipulate and control a musical instrument. There are tutors around who use a method called the Suzuki Violin Method which was discovered by a Japanese violinist who realised that even pre-schoolers have the ability to learn a musical instrument.

Other reasons why your search for violin lessons for kids will not be in vain is because by nature, children are inquisitive and this helps them to learn at a rapid rate.

There are a lot of advantages to learning from a young age. Children are curious and inquisitive and this often helps them to learn at a very rapid rate. In fact, according to piano teacher, Véronique Barraco studies have shown that most of our neural connections are formed before the age of seven which is very significant when it comes to considering the age to learn violin.

When should children start their music lessons?
Children can learn about many different instruments in their music classes. (Source: ValeriaRodrigues)

There is also evidence to reveal that students who do music perform better academically at school. This is probably because of the obvious correlation between the concentration, practice, and dedication required. These are good reasons for any child to start playing violin!

The younger a child starts to learn music, the less they will need to be conditioned to pick up good learning habits at school. All of this has a positive effect on their ability to pick up a wide range of skills including developing an ear for music!

That said, it’s worth noting that children are extremely receptive to learning new things and connections are still formed within the brain until the age of 12.

If there was a disadvantage associated with violin lessons for kids, it would be that to start playing violin, the first year is heavily focused on music theory!

In general, children learn music theory around the age of seven. Before this, music is learnt about in a more general manner. It’s worth noting that children at this age could end up being bored by theory and want to give up on music. These are all things that need to be weighed up when considering the age to learn violin.

It is therefore recommended that when it comes to violin lessons for kids that they are taught once they show a real interest in music.

If you decide to use a Superprof tutor, you could benefit from having the first lesson for free which is a great way to see if your child is truly enthusiastic about violin or not. Another idea is to look for child-friendly violin books that contain basic music theory and see whether there is an appetite for that or not?

Also, consider your child’s motor skills which can be helped along by music tutorials. Private tutorials are the most effective because they are solely focused on the individual. Try and find a violin teacher who is an expert at teaching young children.   

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Learning to Play the Violin for Adults and Teenagers

In recent years, especially with the advent of the electric violin, it has become a much cooler instrument for adults to put on their bucket lists and even teenagers!

One of the reasons for this is that a lot of popular rock and pop groups have included a violinist in their bands. Teenagers are becoming more interested in violin even though the drums and electric guitar are leagues ahead. For teenagers who love to be introduced to most things via the internet, online violin lessons are an excellent introduction for learning how to play the violin.

As you can see there is no perfect age to learn violin, whether you are looking for lessons for young children, or whether learning to play the violin for adults is on your to-do list, it all depends on many things, but the main ingredient by far is motivation.

You may be wondering if learning a new instrument is viable for a distracted adolescent, however, teenagers can greatly benefit from having something on which to focus. Music lessons are a great way for budding musicians to hang out, have fun, and learn together.

How should teenagers learn to play violin?
The violin is slowly gaining popularity amongst teenagers. (Source: Skeeze)

For both teenagers and anyone learning to play the violin for adults, topics covered by a violin teacher will typically include:

  • Training in reading sheet music
  • Learning how to use the violin bow
  • Bowing technique
  • Left-hand placement
  • Rhythm, note value, tempo, and using a metronome
  • Playing as part of an ensemble, quartet, orchestra, or symphony
  • Recital or exam study
  • Composing and improvising
  • Broadening of repertoire
  • Violin maintenance including tuning and knowing how to change strings

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced violinist and regardless of your preferred style of music (folk, rock, jazz, chamber, or classical) there is a violin teacher to suit you on Superprof.

There is also always the possibility of group lessons which is a great way to get together and socialise if you are looking for violin lessons for adults. Additionally, if you have a friend who is learning piano or the cello, you could practise together and keep each other motivated.

When it comes to teenagers a band is one of the most effective ways to learn about music. It provides clear objectives like trying to learn a song or putting on a show, together. Even if teenagers learn differently from seven-year-olds or adults, if they have the right motivation, they will succeed.

Tips for Violin Lessons for Adults

Many people are under the false impression that it is not possible to learn new skills as an adult, let alone figure out how to play a musical instrument. The misconception goes that it’s not possible to reach a higher level after the age of 25, however, the good news is that this is a drastic generalisation and that progress is completely up to the individual.

The real challenge when it comes to learning to play the violin for adults is finding the time that is required not only to learn but also to practise. Adults have an exhausting list of commitments from family to careers. The fact that they have probably not been in a classroom environment for a long time can also add to the challenge.

Because of these time constraints, it can take a while before the adult can reach a decent level of playing proficiency.

For those with an existing (but dormant) musical background, it can take a while to get back into the swing of things, which is why supplementing private or group lessons with online tutorials is the ideal way to up the tempo and get the ball rolling. It’s important to guard against complacency and to make your music sessions as regular as possible.

Can adults learn to play violin?
Adults can struggle to find the time to practise. (Source: Alexas_Fotos)

For those who need a more regimented routine, there are music academies and centres that offer violin lessons for adults. And for those who can’t commit to such a schedule, a private tutor is the answer to be able to learn at a time and place that is convenient for them.

If this sounds like you, remember that not only is there no restriction on age to learn violin, but with a private tutor you can adapt the content, time, and place of your music lessons to suit your goals, genre preference, and personal learning style.

The Perfect Age to Learn Violin?

Well by now you have guessed it when it comes to the perfect age to learn violin, it’s not your age but your enthusiasm and dedication that counts. So while it is true that children pick up new skills very easily, also remember that whether you are five, 15, or 55, nothing can stop you from fulfilling a dream when you are determined.

At the end of the day a child who doesn’t want to learn the violin will not learn better than an adult who is passionate and determined to learn, so remember this in the difficult moments when you want to give up and remember that practice should be your best friend. On that note, don't forget to invest in a violin mute when you go shopping so that your extensive practising doesn't annoy anyone!

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