Violin and viola taster
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: ME914
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Enjoy discovering what is involved in learning to play the violin or viola, in a friendly, supportive small group.
What will we cover?
- how to hold the instrument and the bow
- how to use the bow correctly to make a good tone
- the open strings and basic fingering patterns
- simple tunes using a few notes
- the basics of music notation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- hold the instrument and bow correctly
- use the bow to make a good tone
- know the names of the open strings
- play a few simple tunes by ear and from notation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for complete beginners. You need to be able to follow instructions in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- Tutor demonstration and explanation
- Playing in a group and individually
- Learning by ear and from music notation.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a violin and bow if possible. There will be a very small number of instruments to use during the class if you do not have your own, but you may have to share it with another student. Other materials will be provided by the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course is an introduction to Violin/Viola level 1, starting in September.
You may also be interested in complementary classes from our wide range of Musicianship courses.
Edmund is a violinist/director and music theory tutor specialising in Historical Performance. With a tremendous passion for the study of pedagogy, Edmund has taught both strings and music theory in London for over a decade. After training at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Walter Reiter (The English Concert), Edmund founded the period instrument group Bellot Ensemble in 2014, performing across the UK and Europe, with many exciting concerts such as the modern premier of a reconstructed Telemann Cantata. Edmund performs regularly across the UK and Europe as a violinist and leader for other historical instrument ensembles such as Armonico Consort, The Handel Orchestra and Ensemble OrQuesta, with a particular passion for operatic works from the Baroque period! Edmund is also the founder of the charitable organisation "healing notes," an organisation set up to provide virtual concerts for the hard working NHS staff during these difficult times.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.