In the early stages of violin instruction students are introduced to
their instrument. They learn how to hold the violin and how to get a good sound out of it.
This involves learning proper bowing technique and tone production. Students learn basic
music theory (reading notes and rhythm) by working through the Stringbuilder series of
introductory violin lesson books. As students
progress they are introduced to different positions on the fingerboard of the violin
expanding the range of possibilities on the instrument. Students are introduced to
Classical violin, fiddle repertoire and popular music.
Students will often play to a piano accompaniment which provides a
satisfying musical experience while allowing them to develop the listening skills that
are required when playing with other musicians.
There are ongoing debates in violin instruction circles about the
Suzuki Method versus traditional methods. At the Manotick School of Music we try to use the best
of both methods. We prefer a more traditional approach in the early stages of instruction
in order to ensure a strong foundation and a clear grasp of the basics. However, as students move beyond the beginner stages we do
introduce the very rich and challenging Suzuki repertoire and technical exercises.
Students may go on to do Royal Conservatory examinations in violin if
they wish. They may choose to focus primarily on Classical repertoire and technique and/or