«Violin playing is a physical art with great traditions behind it. »

Vanessa May

Classical? Rock? Bluegrass? Jazz? Whatever your favorite style of music, you may be among the millions who find it’s the clear, sweet sound of the violin that best expresses it.

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One of the best-known violinists today is Joshua Bell, who performs in classical recitals and concerts around the world and regularly works with top artists across all musical genres. His Mozart concertos and Schubert serenades are masterful. But he can flat-out rock as well. Don’t miss his version of The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun,” his jazz improvisations with Chick Corea and Branford Marsalis, or his bluegrass/Americana work with bassist Edgar Meyer. Really, you can explore a vast musical universe just listening to Joshua Bell.

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But speaking of bass, the upright or double bass plays an essential role in classical, jazz, and bluegrass. It’s the largest of the stringed instruments. In between bass and violin are the viola, slightly larger than violin but beloved by many for its slightly lower, more resonant sound. Next comes the cello, whose larger size gives it a rich, mellow tone but requires the musician to sit while playing. The bass, lowest in pitch as well as largest, is played either standing or sitting on a fairly high stool.

Practice brings rewards

Stringed instruments aren’t the easiest to play. They require practice and a good ear to play in tune, and with good tone. You’ll use the fingers of your left hand to press the strings to the fingerboard at different points, to get different notes. With the right hand you’ll draw the bow evenly across the strings to get a rich steady tone. When you do, you’ll know the deep satisfaction that only string players achieve.

Studies have shown that kids who study an instrument think faster and are better in STEM. Why take music lessons with MTN?

If you want to sharpen your senses, train your brain and express yourself, it’s time to take music lessons. We at MTN believe that learning to sing or play an instrument is about more than just music. It influences your character; it makes you smarter and more empathic and enriches life in myriad ways.


Sizes to fit anyone

Violin, being the smallest, is great for small hands. But the viola is only a little larger, and many young students start on violin and then shift to viola, captivated by its sound. Children frequently start the cello at age 7 or 8. All the stringed instruments come in a variety of sizes, so you can definitely find one that fits your own size and feels comfortable to play.

A little more inspiration

If you’re a classical music fan, you’ve probably heard the magical performances of Anne-Sophie Mutter and Sarah Chang. Chang has been wowing audiences for more than 30 years, starting when she was just 5! Older fans will remember Jascha Heifetz and Yehudi Menuhin, two of the best violinists of the 20th Century. Jazz fans still thrill to the sound of Stéphane Grappelli, who founded the one of the first all-string jazz bands back in 1934 with guitarist Django Reinhardt. They called their band the “Hot Club of France” – and man, they were hot!

Rock ’n’ Roll’s best friend

But really, how about some of that good old rock ’n’roll? Sure, rock might not exist without the guitar. But it wouldn’t be as sweet without the violin. Listen to the dynamite violin solo at the end of The Who’s famous tune Baba O’Riley. Savor the violin in Kansas’s famous “Dust in the Wind” and John Mellencamp’s “Paper In Fire.” And be sure to check out Bob Dylan’s memorable “Hurricane,” an ode to the middleweight boxer Hurricane Carter, who spent two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Listen to these a few times and you’ll have new inspiration to practice!

Music lessons can be a wonderful and empowering experience for special needs children and their families.

Through MTN you’ll find caring, skilled instructors who can teach in your home or at a care facility to create a familiar, comfortable experience. We know that teaching special-needs children requires empathy, patience, and love in addition to musical and teaching skills. Our teachers share their qualifications and experience in these areas, so you can make an informed choice. We also offer our SELECT program to support you in finding the right teacher for your child.


« My adult son Allan has a mild form of autism. We’ve been using The Music Teachers Network for 5 years now. He really looks forward to his lessons and loves playing an annual concert for the family. I highly recommend this company. » – Howard H.