Violin Sizes by Age


said: Jun 24, 2009
 1 posts

Hey Everyone,
I am starting a program at an elementary school next fall, and given the district’s financial constraints must order instruments in advance of meeting and measuring my kids, which is not how I typically operate. I will be getting approximately 60 violins for classes of 20 kids in kindergarten, first and second grades. How should I determine how many of what size to order? I know it won’t be perfect, but I need to figure something out? Anyone have any experience with placing large orders like this? Should I do 15 1/16ths, 15 1/10ths and so on? Help!

Connie Sunday said: Jun 26, 2009
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

Kindergarten, first and second grades are going to be five, six, seven and perhaps a few eight year olds:

Age: 8-9/ 1/2 size
Age: 6-7/ 1/4 size
Age: 5-6/ 1/8 size
Age: 4-5/ 1/10 size
Age: 3-4/ 1/16 size

If you’re getting 60 instruments, I’d get the following:

(10) 1/16
(15) 1/10
(20) 1/8
(10) 1/4
(5) 1/2

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said: Jun 26, 2009
 89 posts

Is there any way you can contact the parents via email to get some size information on the kids before you place the order? As the parent of kids who have always been much smaller than the average, this “order first and hope it all works out” strategy worries me. Have you seen any other warning signs that the district bureaucracy may hinder your efforts?

Jennifer Visick said: Jun 27, 2009
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

where are you ordering instruments from? could you arrange with the company to exchange instruments that turn out to be the wrong size after the first day of classes? On a much smaller basis, this is what most students end up doing anyways (ordering an instrument, then bringing it to class or to a lesson to see what the teacher thinks, and sending it back for an exchange if necessary)

Katie said: Aug 16, 2009
3 posts

When sizing a child for an instrument, remember, it is better to have an instrument too small rather than too big. An instrument that is too big can be fustratiing to the child because it is harder to play (too heavy). Also, it could be damaging to the hand if the student is stretching and straining for notes. Whenever I have a student that is in between sizes, I always choose to go with the smaller.

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