When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor TBC CCL HPL - Grade H
  • Course Code W24CCLD01A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Learn the basics of playing the violin and/or viola, as well as general musicianship through group tuition. Expand your knowledge, technique and repertoire and enjoy playing with others. This course is suitable for absolute beginners. The lessons will be structured as a mixture of class tuition, individual practice and small group practice.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Know how to hold violin and bow
  • Bow simple rhythms
  • Know how to read the music
  • Know how to place the left hand fingers
  • Play a number of pieces appropriate to the level

Class format and activities

Playing pieces and exercises, clapping and singing. Playing individually and in a group. Listening to the tutor's demonstrations and explanations and making notes. Asking questions and participating in discussions. Keeping track of practice tasks for the coming week. You will need to follow and contribute to discussions in English. Music Study can include the use of digital resources such as listening to recordings, watching videos online, using appropriate mobile applications and following Moodle -Morley's virtual learning environment- to enhance your learning inside and outside the classroom. Music study also offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to enhance wellbeing. Music practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment including developing creativity, developing high-concentration levels, building self-confidence, working to deadlines, being able to control nerves and working as part of a team.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for absolute beginners. This is a group class and you need to have the ability (or the desire to learn how) to follow some appropriate guidance from the tutor in a group setting.

What you need to know before you enrol

You need to practise for a short time regularly between lessons as the class progresses as a unit. Achievement on your course will be measured by whether you meet the learning outcomes above. Your progress towards achieving the learning outcomes will be reviewed throughout the course. At the start of the course you will have an opportunity to discuss these with your tutor and set your own personal targets, linked to the learning outcomes and future goals i.e.: progression to another course. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

What you need

Your instrument and bow. Advice from the tutor on buying an instrument/bow and books will be given during the first class. Advice on where you can get your instrument: visit a music shop and enquire about prices and quality; it all depends on the budget you have. If you prefer buying online, then these two sites could be helpful (the only thing to watch for is that the violin should be 4/4 size, which is the size for adults), just read the descriptions what level each model is made for. When buying online, a professional set-up in a violin shop still could be needed, as well. https://www.gear4music.com/orchestral/string-instruments/violins/full-size https://www.thomann.de/gb/violins_and_violas.html?sw=Violin&smuuid=f976b243-581d-43b1-9417-5b091af6a509 Advice can be given with the choice and purchase of a shoulder rest and accessories.

What you can do next

You can progress to Violin/Viola 1B. You may also be interested in 'ABRSM Music Theory Grade 1' or any other instrumental classes Morley College offers in piano, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar and other instruments.