Need a good violin posture children’s lesson? Good violin posture, balance and alignment are pivotal to our children’s progress.
With this in mind, do you notice tension creeping in to your children’s posture and peculiar angles of instrument placement?
Unsurprisingly, I find that one teaching strategy isn’t always enough to ensure freedom of movement in set-up, combined with good violin posture and alignment.
This is why I am giving you two strategies in one pack!
So, the first strategy is a gorgeous interactive video, Line Up Your Violin/Viola. The melody is based on the children’s song, Wind the Bobbin Up.
Indeed, this video actually works really well combined with the second strategy, the good Violin Posture Routine, (an unaccompanied song with clear musical cues and simple and memorable steps to an excellent violin hold.)
Amazingly, Line up your violin interactive video works on coordination. Young children are challenged to keep their violin aligned and balanced whilst following a set of instructions designed to promote crossing the midline.
Start with the good Violin Posture Routine sung acapella to transition the instrument smoothly from rest position to playing position.
Next, immediately start singing with your instruments in playing position. We point with our right hands (still unaccompanied and without the video):
“Point to the ceiling, Point to the floor,
Point to the window, Point to the door.
Pluck your strings together, 1, 2, 3!
Everybody pluck the G/D/A/E”
Furthermore, use pizzicato to pluck the string to the beat. Practice starting and stopping together.
To start with, the children sing and copy the pointing actions, checking that they have good violin posture.
After Everybody pluck with me, the children pizzicato on the string you choose to the beat.
Be prepared to be mesmerized by the gentle backing track, which has a lullaby-like feel to it. We are all perhaps prone to be slightly more sensory seeking or sensory avoiding. I am a sensory avoider with loud sounds, but my students who are prone to sensory avoidance loved how calm it is. Interestingly, my students who are prone to sensory seeking felt regulated pointing, plucking and watching the leaves gently fall in the background.
Therefore, if you have mixed level classes or are looking to extend this teaching, try teaching your students the very easy melody from the PDF print out. I’ve adapted the melody to make it even more accessible for a beginner.
Enjoy this lesson together!
Good Violin Posture – Children’s Lesson pack:
- Line Up Your Violin/Viola printable sheet music and lyrics
- Line Up Your Violin/Viola audio track and backing track
- Line up Your Violin/Viola play-along video to save and share with your students (Glimpse the video here)
- Violin Position Routine Guide PDF for violin and viola teachers
- 2 x short explanations/demonstration for teachers of the Violin Position Routine song
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