Intro to Viola: Taster Session

Sheffield Viola Ensemble
Group type: Ensembles

An introductory group session for violin players age 14-18 curious to try playing the viola

Tutor: Jenny Jackson (Sheffield Viola Ensemble)

This Intro to Viola taster session is aimed at violin players age 14-18 of all levels of ability, with no previous experience of playing the viola*. A limited number of violas will be available to use on the day (£7 hire fee - subject to availability).

This one-off session will provide the opportunity to try playing the viola without having to commit to buying an instrument, abandoning the violin, or finding a new teacher. Players will experience the practical side of holding, bowing and fingering the viola, and get to know the basic principles of playing on different strings whilst reading from the alto clef.

Fingers and notes will be introduced step-by-step on each of the four strings, working together as a group. We will play notes in first position only to make sure intonation and note-reading is secure. By the end of the session players will be able to perform simple tunes and short ensemble arrangements in multiple parts, progressing at a pace to suit each player.

*Please note: the session is not suitable for absolute beginners. Violinists should be confident with bow-hold and finger spacings in first position: aspects which will easily be transferred and adapted to the larger instrument. All players should understand how to read basic staff notation in simple keys and time signatures.

Jenny has a current DBS Enhanced Disclosure. Parents / guardians are welcome to wait in the breakout area of the performing arts space if they choose to stay.

If players decide to continue on their viola journey after the session, there is an option to hire a viola @£20 per term from Rotherham Music Hub (subject to availability).

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