The viola is a stringed instrument which is bowed or plucked and member of the bowed string family. It is larger than the violin and has a lower and richer sound. Since the 18th Century it has been the middle voice of the violin family. The viola differs from most instruments as it primarily uses the alto clef. It is often the inner voice and plays many accompaniment lines. Most famous players Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Benjamin Britten.
Learning to play the viola
Lessons are taught in groups or individually. Students need to develop good intonation, through singing tones on their instrument and develop a good relaxed posture. Practice is key to enjoying this instrument. Small regular sessions will help to overcome all of the hurdles which will come to be jumped.
Benefits of learning the viola
Learning the viola is great way to improve your concentration, and drives improved attention span and focus. It can sharpen your memory and improve your self-discipline. The viola is also a very social instrument with lots of opportunities for interaction
Is it the right instrument for me?
The viola generally suits slightly older students aged over eight. This is due to the size and weight of the instrument, also the fact that the voice of the viola is so in the middle. If you are looking for an instrument which is set in the middle of the group and you are a good team player this could be the instrument for you
You can start to learn the viola in our low cost group lessons.
Find a viola lesson
Lessons are available in schools or at music centres after school and at weekends.
Hire a viola
There’s no need to invest in an instrument as a beginner – you can hire one from us to play at home.
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