Violin Beginners Course Outline
The violin is one of the most popular and beautiful orchestra instruments. Be allured and experience the joy of a violin ensemble making music from the very first lesson. This course will cover the basics of violin playing: all notes in the first position, posture, technique, music theory, how to hold the bow, scales and technical exercises. Moreover, we will learn how to read music while playing at the same time. Lessons will take place over the school term and will be 1 hour weekly for ten weeks in total. Each student will meet their teacher in a small group (8 students per class) and play within an ensemble typesetting.
Introduction to reading music: shape names of notes, the staff, G clef, value of notes, brief history of the violin, parts of the violin, violin position, the bow and how to hold it, plucking the open string (G-A-D-E) and bowing on open strings.
Fundamentals for reading music: Notes on the staff-lines and spaces. Rests. Tie and slur. Sharp, flat and natural. Plucking on open strings and first position finger notes in every string. Bowing on successive open strings (G-A-D-E).
Simple Time Signature. Rhythm exercises. Audio and Reading exercises. Plucking on open strings, first finger notes and second finger notes on the A and E strings. Bowing with open strings and first finger notes.
More on music theory. Rhythm and Pitch exercises. Pizzicato and bowing on open strings, first, second and third notes on the D, E and A strings.
Major key signatures and scales. Semitone and tone. The scale of D major. Pizzicato and bowing with open, first, second, third and fourth finger notes on the A and E strings.
Intervals. Scales degree numbers. Bowing with two notes to the bow. The scale of D & A major.
Major triads. 12 Italian words. Bar lines. Dotted notes. The G scale one octave on the D and G string. Rhythms exercises with different bow stroke.
Revision of Music Theory. Definitions. The G major scale two octaves on the G, D and A strings. Violin repertoire and discography.