The YES School of Music provides professional instruction for children learning the viola from the age of 8 years and upwards, depending on the size of the child and the child's interests. A child starts viola lessons from the age of 8 because the viola is bigger and heavier than the violin and the smallest size viola does not accommodate children of younger ages.
It is advised that a child begins his or her musical education on the violin before progressing to the viola. The child may decide that he or she wishes to study both violin and viola which is catered for at YES. The student may also come to the realisation after a few years of studying the violin that he or she is better suited to another instrument.
There are many reasons why a student may prefer to continue his or her musical education on the viola rather than the violin. The viola, which is the middle instrument of the violin family, has a timbre between that of the violin and cello. A student may have a greater affinity for the deeper and warmer sound produced by the viola or may feel more natural playing the instrument.
The viola is also suited to students who prefer participatory playing in orchestras or ensembles. For students who wish to pursue a career as a musician, there are more opportunities for gaining entry into an orchestra as a violist.
Please view our Getting Started page to learn more and to book a free assessment.