General Information 


If you are interested in taking Violin lessons, the following list of supplies/materials will be required.  You may purchase the items at the locations listed under Rental Information.  

  • Violin sized to fit the student.  See the Rental Information below.
  • Shoulder Rest sized to fit the violin (different types & varieties available)  
  • Pascale Method Book & DVD with Sticker Packet (Preschool students only)
  • Suzuki for Violin book & CD, Vol. 1 (Age 6+)

Other books/materials may be recommended individually for students:

  • I Can Read Music book (Vol. 1)
  • Essential Elements for Violin (Vol. 1)

For a list of tips on how to take care of the violin, click on the link below.

 

Rental Information


Need a place to rent a violin? Check out one of the three convenient locations in Birmingham.  They offer rental programs that allow you to move up sizes as needed and/or rent towards the purchase of a new violin.  Be sure to purchase a shoulder rest that will fit your violin as this will help maintain good posture.  Each location also carries the Suzuki method books that will be needed to begin lessons!

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  • Casebere Violins is a privately owned shop located off of 280.  
  • Homewood Music is located in Homewood at 3027 Central Avenue.
  • Village Violins is located in Forest Park Village located at 825 39th St South.  
  • www.sharmusic.com is one stop shopping for music, strings and accessories.  They have free shipping on string only orders and all of the materials that you will need for lessons. 
  • The Potter Violin Company have rental plans starting at $11.99/month.

 

Accessories


 

Shoulder rests provide the comfort & support needed to play with correct posture.  

  • Kun, Everest or Wolf shoulder rests are recommended & available at Amazon or www.sharmusic.com
  • Belvelin shoulder rests are an alternative shoulder rest made out of dense rubber shaped to support correct posture & is available at The Potter Violin Company.

GelRests provide comfort for the chin.

 

Other Student Resources 


Click on the links below for other helpful resources and tips. 

 

Listening Samples:  The Hallelujah Chorus

Hallelujah Chorus.mp3

For other Listening Samples, click here.