According to one of the world's most accomplished violinists Joshua Bell, "when you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you're telling a story."
This is a perfectly articulate truth about the intricate, sad and beautiful sounds which are possible when a masterful violin player has this beautiful instrument in their hands. The violin speaks in a way, through vibrato, through rich sounds ringing out of the 'f' holes. The violin, when played correctly, is an instrument packed and loaded with emotion.
Admittedly, it takes a lot of practice before you get to that level of 'storytelling' or virtuosity. However, you won't get there by thinking about it! That's why if you want to express your soul in intimate and unique ways, consider playing the violin.
It's a lifelong journey and who knows where it could lead you! Bands are always looking for violin players to add that unique and emotional element to their own storytelling. So becoming a violin player is going to open a lot of cool opportunities for you!
Where to purchase a violin in Melbourne
So, you've decided that you want to play the violin. The next thing you must consider, before you find a great teacher, is where to get a violin which fits your budget!
Nowadays, there are many options for purchasing a musical instrument such as a violin. You can choose to either find a private vendor or go to through a wholesale musical instrument store. Both are good options. Buying privately from another person 'cuts out the middle man' so to speak, thus making it a cheaper deal. Buying second hand further decreases that price.
Buying through a recognised music store guarantees that the instrument will be high quality, without any damage and often comes with a warranty and/or a free service. However, check all these things before making your purchase, as they will vary from store to store!
Facebook market place connects you directly to vendors of a second-hand violin, viola, cello, double bass or whatever stringed instrument you are looking for! This means you will get a pre-loved instrument from someone locally in Melbourne or Australia, and you will most likely save money on buying a brand new one! Ideal for beginners.
If you want a proper professional violin, or if you are a student who wants a new violin with certain guarantees about its quality, consider purchasing a violin from the following specialist violin stores:
309 Victoria St, West Melbourne VIC 3003
Alex W Grant Violins
26 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Melbourne Music Centre
525 North Rd, Ormond VIC 3204
Whitehorse Music & Music Lessons
689 Whitehorse Rd, Mont Albert VIC 3127
55 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin VIC 3189
700A Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
Where to take violin lessons in Melbourne
Now that you've been convinced to go out and buy a violin, let's take a look at just some of the places in and around Melbourne where you can learn to play your musical instrument. While there are many, many more, we have chosen just a few examples of the types of course you can enrol in.
There are many wonderful violin teachers in Melbourne, many of whom has extensive experience in classic performance and who are able to offer both beginner and advanced classes for children as well as adults.
Melbourne Music Teachers
Melbourne Music Teachers offers a wide array of teachers who have a lot of experience teaching as well as performing. These teachers are spread all over Melbourne, with many to the East and North of the city.
Head to their website to contact a teacher who is not affiliated to any particular school and will teach you violin the way you want to learn it.
Richmond Music Academy
Another place you could look, especially if you live in the east of Melbourne is the Richmond Music Academy.
Richmond Music Academy specialises in expert one-to-one teaching backed by years of experience teaching children and adults of all ages. They are very flexible and really want to help you, the students, achieve your music goals! According to their website:
"One on one, individual lessons are our main offering at RMA. This is the best way to tailor the lessons to your own development and get feedback as you learn. In addition to lessons we host many events throughout the year, which can be a great motivation to practice and a goal to work towards. Over the years a very supportive community has developed at RMA, our concerts have become great social events!"
Superprof is a tutoring platform where you could find a number of available violin teachers. Either for local lessons in Melbourne or online.
An easy search and you'll have a catalogue of potential teachers to go through. Compare rates, methodologies, read reviews and make your decision.
Be aware, many tutors also offer the first class for free (can be 30 mins to 1 hour). This way you get the chance to see if you have the right 'chemistry' and if you think the teacher can help you reach your goals.
Fun, secure and cost-effective. This site can help you find the violin teacher that will elevate you to the next level.
Victorian Music Teachers' Association
This association creates a union of great teachers and connects them more easily to students. According to their website, their aims are:
"To act as a peak advocacy body and a voice for the instrumental music teaching profession in Victoria
To provide a central resource for members of the general public who are looking for a qualified music teacher and who seek advice on matters relating to music and music education
To bring together persons associated with the music teaching profession
To support, facilitate and promote excellence in music teaching"
Music Works Magic
Music works magic offers a wide variety of lessons such as guitar, violin, piano and singing lessons. They also offer lessons to each and every level of the music learning spectrum! From working with students from Early Learning Centres and Kindergartens to Advanced Instrumental or singing classes, they really have all bases covered.
They are located in Elsternwick in Melbourne's South-East. Email them today to see if they have a program which suits you or your child's learning needs.
Wendy's Melbourne Music School
This music school offers lessons that focus on theory and preparing students for AMEB exams. They do, however, offer a lesson format that is more about having fun and students actually learn how to creatively improvise within these lessons.
Whether you take the 'comprehensive program' or the 'lite program' with Wendy's Music School, either way, it will be a great use of time as you will cover not only classical playing but also theory within both categories of lessons.
Australian Music Teachers Register
This is a great place to find a teacher to give lessons if you are a student who wants to learn using the Suzuki method. The Suzuki method is a holistic music teaching method whereby the total development of the child is emphasised through each lesson. Their guiding principle is "character first, ability second".
Many teachers on the Australia Music Teachers Register are able to teach using the Suzuki method, which definitely appeals to certain parents and would-be learners.
So, if this is you, consider sending an email or online message to one of the classical or theory teachers on the Australia Music Teaching Register.
If you're an adult, don't worry! Some of the best performing artists began learning as an adult. In reality, our brains are capable of learning new skills at all ages. It is simply that we are less likely to when we are older because we are 'stuck in our ways' so to speak.
Regardless of your situation, use this guide to get yourself, or your child, set up with a beautiful student violin and a wonderful teacher. Once you have gotten these steps right, the rest will be lots of fun as your passion takes over! What are you waiting for?
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