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What is a Violin?

The violin is the most popular bowed and highest pitched string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest and highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola and cello. A person who plays the violin is called a violinist or fiddler, and a person who makes or repairs them is called a luthier, or simply a violin maker.  A violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. The word “violin” comes to us through the Romance languages from the Middle Latin word vitula, meaning “stringed instrument”; this word may also be the source of the Germanic “fiddle”.

The standard way of holding the violin is with the left side of the jaw resting on the chin rest of the violin, and supported by the left shoulder, often assisted by a shoulder rest. The strings may be sounded by drawing the hair of the bow across them (arco) or by plucking them (pizzicato). The left hand regulates the sounding length of the string by stopping it against the fingerboard with the fingertips, producing different pitches. 

Source: “Violin” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Teaching Philosophy

Our Violin teachers, Ellen, Daniel, and Mary uses a variety of methods for teaching violin based on the age of the student and their musical background.  They’ve used the very successful, technique-based Suzuki method for younger students, a method that focuses on aural learning in the primary stages and gradually incorporates note-reading as the student progresses.  Some of the methods/books used include String Builder by Samuel Applebaum, the Wohlfahrt etudes, and the Hrimaly and Carl Flesch scale systems.  Their students also gain a basic understanding of music theory, history, and will also learn sight-reading.  We offer violin lessons for students age five and older and welcome any experience level, from beginner to advanced.

Violin Teachers

Below is a list of teachers that teach the Violin at the Fabulous School of Music. Click on a profile to learn more.

Ellen Allen

Instruments: Voice, Violin, Viola

Mary Barba

Instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Voice, Ukulele

Daniel Nichols

Instruments: Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Piano and Rock Ensemble