Getting started with violin lessons

For beginning violin students, I use two books simultaneously for the first few months. Please plan to bring these with you to your first lesson.

  1. Essential Elements for Strings, Book 1 by Michael Allen (you can get either Essential Elements 2000 or the pink Essential Elements Book 1)
  2. Suzuki Violin School, Vol 1. You can also get the CD that goes with this book–and it is helpful, but you don’t have to have it.

You don’t have to order them from, Shar Music also has good prices. The fastest way to purchase them is from Long and McQuade music store (near South Edmonton Commons) which has these books in stock.

Also, you’ll need a violin, bow, and shoulder rest. Most violins are also sold with rosin, which you need, too. I have students who are very happy renting their instrument from Long and McQuade, and love working with PJ Tan Violins. Shar Music has a nice program where you can try out an instrument before purchasing it.