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Level 1: Beginner


At this level, beginners are introduced to the basic foundations of violin playing. They learn how to properly hold the instrument and bow, and focus on developing correct posture. Basic techniques such as pizzicato, detaché, legato and first position are introduced.

Level 2: Novice


In this level, students continue to refine their intonation and bow control. They learn to play various one and two octave scales. Previous bowing techniques are improved and martelé & staccato are introduced. Left-hand techniques such as first position (all finger patterns) and basic shifting are also covered.

Level 3: Amateur


At this level, students delve deeper into the intricacies of violin playing. Improving tone production and bowing techniques, exploring the use of contact point, dynamics and articulation. More advanced bowing techniques like spiccato and collé are introduced as well as vibrato and natural harmonics. Double stops with open strings.

Level 4: Intermediate 


Students focus on refining left-hand technique. Shifting becomes an integral part of their playing, as they navigate through different positions smoothly. Three octave scales and arpeggios are introduced. Begin to explore double stops and artificial harmonics.

Level 5: Skillful


More advanced bowing techniques such as sautillé and ricochet. Consistent and strong tone production. Expressive techniques like portamento, portato and varying vibrato speeds. Should be comfortable playing with piano.

Level 6: Advanced 


Fluency and confidence on the fingerboard. Expressive elements are emphasised. More difficult double stops & chords become a regular occurrence. Harmonic and Melodic intonation should become more clear. 

Level 7: Challenging 

 

Three octave scales and arpeggios in all keys. Improved fluency in thirds, sixths & octaves. Left hand techniques like double stops, trills, and rapid shifting are further refined. Extended techniques such as left hand pizzicato and up/down bow staccato 

Level 8: Difficult


Development of interpretation and stylistic skills. Should have a solid grasp on all technical elements of violin playing. Very frequent double stop/chordal passages.

Level 9: Expert 


Very challenging and virtuosic repertoire. Confident in performing different musical styles and adapt playing accordingly. Students at this level become much more independent in their musical choices.

Level 10: Master


At the highest level, students aim for mastery and artistic expression. They continue to

refine technical skills, focus on achieving a polished and professional sound and paying meticulous attention to details. Students interpret and perform complex and demanding repertoire with confidence, showcasing individual artistry and musicality. They strive for a deep connection with the music and the audience.

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