The Benefits of Playing Violin
According to Joshua Bell, "when you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you're telling a story."
Storytelling plays an important role in the way that a masterful violinist will express themselves through their playing.
The beautiful instrument of the violin creates a sound that resonates deep in the human soul and spirit. The violin, when played by a true virtuoso, is an instrument packed with emotion.
I must admit, it will take lots of practice before you get to the level of mastery where the stories sing from your violin in such a way.
However, it won't be possible to achieve it by simply dreaming about it.
It's a lifelong process of practice and improvement, but guess what? It gets more fun as you get better!
As you become more able to hit those emotional strings (quite literally!) you will find yourself falling deeper and deeper in love with this fantastic instrument.
Motivated yet? Now let's take a look at where you can learn violin in Hobart, Tasmania!
Taking Violin Lessons in Hobart, TAS
So, let's now explore your best options for finding great violin lessons in Hobart.
The Hobart College of Music
On Elizabeth Street, this music school offers classes for voice and instruments regardless of your pre-existing skills.
Lessons are focused on improving the skills of students and the teachers have been doing it for years! Get involved today.
Southern Music – Hobart, TAS
According to their website, "Southern Music has been teaching private music lessons at its city studios and also giving lessons at a number of Hobart schools since it was established in 1979".
A great school to learn classical or contemporary performance, even if you're in year one of playing your instrument!
A half hour lesson with Southern Music costs $32. Why not try it out?
Private Violin Teachers
Kim Bishop Suzuki Method
Kim recently relocated from Melbourne to Hobart and has years of experience in the Suzuki Method of violin teaching.
According to her Facebook page, this style of teaching "nurtures the growth of character and musical ability in a positive environment." Go to her website of Facebook page to contact her and book a lesson today.
Dan offers lessons in his studio in Kingston, TAS. He is also willing to travel elsewhere in Hobart. He has years of experience and is able to teach children as well as advanced violin players.
Dan uses a traditional style to teach the fundamental skills of violin playing and will teach all students older than four. He mainly teaches classical and contemporary music.
Tasmanian Music Teachers' Association
All teachers registered through TMTA have experience as well as expertise, and you can depend on them to be a reliable teacher of almost all adults and/or children.
If you want to learn guitar, piano, bass or violin through an accredited and trusted teacher, this is a great resource for you.
Superprof is an online service where tutors can advertise their services, and would-be students of anything, be it violin lessons or private maths classes, can contact those tutors and organise regular classes.
It's as simple as typing your query and location into the search bar of Superprof's Australian website and finding the profile of a tutor who fits your needs and availability!
You will have to pay Superprof's monthly subscription fee in order to receive the contact details of a tutor, however once you do this, you will have access to an unlimited amount of tutors contact details.
Not just for violin lessons, but for lessons of anything your heart desires!
Where to Purchase a Violin in Hobart, Tasmania
Once you've made the decision to play the violin, the first thing you must decide is where you are going to purchase your first violin, and how much money you are willing to put towards this purchase.
There are many, many options for purchasing a musical instrument nowadays.
You could purchase a new instrument from an online outlet, however this way y0u won't get to try the instrument before you pay for it.
You could find a private vendor to sell you a second-hand instrument, however the instrument may be worn and faulty in some way which you are unaware of at the time of purchase.
Finally, you could go to a wholesale musical instrument store near you, which will be able to give you honest advice about what instruments you should be considering.
You may also get a warranty if you buy an instrument this way, however, you will likely pay more than buying a second-hand instrument.
Whichever way you decide, make sure you don't rush the decision! It's an important one, and you want an instrument you'll be able to play and love for years to come.
Now, let's look at where you might purchase your future first violin!
If you want guaranteed quality, good service and perhaps even a warranty on your purchase, consider buying from a music store in your local area. For those living in Hobart, Australia, here are some options for you:
Modern Musician is a music store located on Brisbane Street in Hobart.
They have a wide range of all kinds of musical instruments. Of particular interest to us, they have a selection of student violins.
They sell Gliga and Enrico violins which cost from $200 to $700.
These violins are great for students and beginners, however, if you are looking for an upgrade on your first violin, or if you are an expert player in the market for a top tier instrument, then you will have to look elsewhere.
Similarly, McCann's music stock a range of beginner/student violins.
However, they do not stock intermediate or advanced level, high-quality fiddles. They have Gliga and Stentor student violins and their store is located on Elizabeth Street in the heart of Hobart.
Let's keep looking and see where we can find a higher-end instrument in Hobart, Tasmania.
High-End Violin Stores in Melbourne
Unfortunately, you will have to either travel to Melbourne or contact these stores online if you want to purchase a new, high-end violin in Tasmania.
Hobart does not really boast a store with a consistent stock of world-class violins.
However, these boutique stores in Melbourne more than have you covered and will be happy to ship you your newly purchased instrument:
309 Victoria St, West Melbourne VIC 3003
Alex W Grant Violins
26 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Atelier Philip Smith
If you're seriously serious about your playing and want to get a world-class, hand-crafted bow to play your instrument, Tasmania boasts one of the finest ateliers (maker of bows) in Australia.
Philip Smith will handmake you a bow for a stringed instrument to your particular specifications.
This is a niche market, as his bows are expensive and expertly crafted. However, the best of workers needs the best of tools.
Note that Philip Smith does pick up and drop off in Hobart, so he will bring a bow to your doorstep! How good.
Get Started Today!
Now that you have everything you need, there is little more to do than go out there and get practising!
It won't happen overnight, but if you put in the hours, there is no doubt that you can become the contemporary violin superstar you've always dreamed of being! Let's go.