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Violin players should order their rental instrument in the spring and ask for it to be delivered to Collins Intermediate in August. Mrs. Gibbs will get the instrument set up for instruction and have it for you when you come to school in the fall. Please do not purchase an instrument without consulting Mrs. Gibbs. Rental is strongly encouraged for beginners. Most local companies apply a significant portion of the rental towards eventual purchase. This enables beginners to learn on high quality, easily playable instruments that can be traded up for a bigger size as students grow. An inexpensive instrument is difficult to play and rarely sounds good.



  • The front of the violin is the most fragile. The front is the side with the strings. I call it the bumpy side. On the case it's the side that bumps out where the bridge and the bow are.


  • Bows are incredibly fragile. Please do not take your bow out of your case until you have been taught how to handle it.


  • The back of the case is usually flatter just like the back of the violin. That's the side you set on the floor or a table to open the case.


  • Protect your violin from pets and siblings. Only authorized violin personnel should handle your violin!


  • Practice doing only what I've taught you so far. Don't set yourself up to have to undo bad habits!

Violin Links


Violin on LIne

This online resource has all things violin. Excellent photos and descriptions.


Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of "classical music superstar."


Lindsey Stirling is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel.


Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Florida, with Kev Marcus on violin and Wil B on viola. They play a variety of music relying heavily upon classical music. They are often categorized as hip hop because of the changes to the rhythm and beats. 

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