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String instruments

String instruments, stringed instruments, or chordophones are musical instruments that produce sound from vibrating strings when a performer plays or sounds the strings in some manner.


The violin is the smallest and highest-pitched member of the bowed-string family of instruments. It has a sparkling and vibrant sound. The violin is one of the most versatile instruments stylistically, with an inexhaustible repertoire of solo music, chamber music, jazz tunes and fiddle music. In symphony orchestras, there are more violins than any other instrument.

The viola is the middle voice of the bowed-string family of instruments, between the violin and cello. It is a little larger than the violin, with a range that is deeper in pitch than the violin. The lower strings emit a warm and velvety sound, while soaring melodies can be produced on the upper strings. It has a rich solo and chamber music repertoire.

The cello is one of the deepest voices of the bowed-string family of instruments. If you are drawn to low rich sounds, the cello is the instrument for you!

There is a large variety of solo and chamber music pieces written for cello and it can also be played in other styles.

All the instruments of the bowed-string family have an important role to play in amateur music-making with community orchestras, chamber music groups, music camps, and workshops. These instruments have something rewarding to offer players of all ages, from early childhood all the way to the golden years.

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Jesse began studying violin with Sheila nearly 5 years ago, and has made steady progress from day 1. Sheila is flexible with her teaching style and is positive, patient and understanding. She challenges him, and always provides good guidance and advice. Jesse greatly appreciates that she asks him for his opinion about both his playing and repertoire, helping him develop his ear, self-confidence, and engagement in his learning. The school’s twice-yearly recitals provide us with the opportunity to perform together (with me accompanying him) – a special experience for us both.

Karen Elkin


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