Is it really important to learn the violin from the best teachers?

How else can you learn the violin in Singapore?
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I have enough experience in the music industry to understand that having the best violin teacher may give you an advantage in learning the instrument compared to those without one. However, it is important to note that a good violin teacher is not the only way to excel in violin playing. In this blog, I will explain why relying solely on having the best violin teacher may not be the most efficient or quickest route to learning the violin.

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So how else can you learn the violin besides just having the best teacher?

Structured violin programmes

Access to structured violin programmes can offer a more comprehensive educational experience that enhances a student’s musical development in various ways. Ideally, a combination of both approaches can provide well-rounded musical education that promotes technical and artistic expression.

At LVL Music Academy, we create personalised structured music programmes that bring out the best in each student, resulting in faster and more enjoyable learning compared to traditional, monotonous textbooks.

Both structured music programmes and learning from a skilled violin teacher have their own merits, but they serve slightly different purposes and can complement each other.

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Here’s why structured music programmes are often considered important:

  1. Foundation Building: Structured music programs typically provide a well-rounded education in music theory, history, and technique. They offer a comprehensive foundation that can support a student’s musical growth over time. This foundation is essential for understanding the language of music, which can enhance the depth of interpretation and expression in performance.
  2. Diverse Learning Opportunities: These programmes such as the LVL music programmes that we teach to young kids all the way to adults, often expose students to a wide range of musical styles, genres, and instruments. This exposure can broaden your musical horizons and inspire creativity. It also helps students develop a greater appreciation for the diversity of music and its cultural significance.
  3. Consistency and Progression: Structured programmes provide a consistent curriculum and progression of skills. Students gradually build upon their knowledge and abilities over time, leading to steady improvement. This structured approach ensures that students cover essential concepts systematically, rather than jumping around from topic to topic.
  4. Group Dynamics and Collaboration: In our structured music programmes we incorporate ensemble playing and group activities. This allows students to learn important skills such as teamwork, communication, and cooperation. Collaborative experiences also provide opportunities for peer learning and support, which can be invaluable for musical development.
  5. Access to Resources: Structured programmes often have access to a wide range of resources, including practice materials, performance opportunities, and expert guidance. These resources can supplement individual lessons and provide additional support for students as they progress in their musical journey.

We offer opportunities for every student to showcase their talents on stage through a variety of events, including recitals and year-end concerts. Additionally, our students have had the chance to perform at numerous music concerts both locally and abroad in 2023.

  • London concert
  • Tokyo Opera City Hall
  • Thailand Bangkok recital
  • Cello Showcase at Esplanade
  • Performance at Pororo Park @ Marina Square

Implementing effective practice routines and techniques

Practicing the violin requires dedication, discipline, and an effective routine. With a structured practice schedule, focused exercises, and the incorporation of musical repertoire, you can enhance your skills and expressivity on the violin. Let’s talk about the three key areas for effective violin practice.

Creating a Structured Practice Schedule

A well-structured practice schedule is essential for progress on the violin. It helps you stay organised and ensures that you dedicate enough time to various aspects of violin playing. Here are some tips to create an effective practice routine:

  1. Define Your Goals: Start by setting specific goals for each practice session and for the long-term. Whether it’s improving bowing technique, increasing finger dexterity, or mastering a challenging piece, having clear goals will keep you motivated and focused.
  2. Divide Your Practice Time: Allocate specific time slots for different practice components, such as warm-up exercises, technical exercises, scales, and repertoire. This helps in maintaining a balanced approach and prevents boredom.
  3. Use Short Sessions: Instead of practicing for long hours at once, break down your practice sessions into shorter, concentrated bursts. Research shows that the brain retains information better when learning is spread out over multiple sessions.
  4. Incorporate Breaks: Remember to include short breaks between practice segments to rest and recharge. This prevents mental and physical fatigue, allowing you to maintain focus and productivity throughout your practice session.

Focusing on technical exercises and scales

Technical exercises and scales are the building blocks of violin technique. By incorporating these into your practice routine, you can develop a solid foundation and improve your overall playing. Here’s how you can make the most out of technical exercises and scales:

  1. Start Slowly: Begin technical exercises and scales at a slow tempo to ensure accuracy and precision. As you gain confidence, gradually increase the speed while maintaining control.
  2. Focus on Quality: Pay attention to the quality of sound you produce. Aim for clear and resonant tones, using a combination of bowing technique and finger placement. Audio recordings can help you objectively evaluate your progress.
  3. Embrace Variation: Explore different scales, arpeggios, and patterns to challenge yourself. This variety helps in developing finger agility, coordination, and intonation. Experiment with different rhythms and bowing techniques to enhance your musicality.
  4. Integrate Scales with Repertoire: Connect scales and technical exercises to the musical pieces you are learning. Identify sections in pieces that incorporate specific scales or technical patterns, and practice them separately. This integration bridges the gap between technical exercises and musical expression, this is very important and we always make sure that our teachers cover this.

Incorporating musical repertoire to enhance skills and expressivity

While technical exercises and scales are essential, it is equally important to include musical repertoire in your practice routine. Working on actual pieces allows you to apply the techniques you have learned, develop your musicality, and express your emotions. Here’s how you can effectively incorporate musical repertoire into your practice:

  1. Choose the Right Repertoire: Select pieces that are suitable for your current skill level. Starting with pieces that are too difficult can lead to frustration, while playing simple pieces won’t challenge your abilities. Find a balance that allows you to progress steadily.
  2. Analyse and Break Down Pieces: Analyse the musical structure, dynamics, and phrasing of each piece you are learning. Break them down into smaller sections and focus on mastering one section at a time. This approach helps in understanding the underlying musical concepts and improves memorisation.
  3. Experiment with Interpretation: Once you’ve mastered the technical aspects of a piece, don’t be afraid to experiment with interpretation. Explore different bowing techniques, dynamics, and expressions to bring your own unique voice to the music. Remember, musicality is about personal expression.
  4. Perform Regularly: Seek opportunities to perform in front of others, whether it’s in a recital, small gatherings, or even recording yourself. Performing helps in conquering stage fright, boosts confidence, and provides valuable feedback for improvement. This is the reason why at LVL Music Academy we arrange lots of recitals throughout the year as it helps to build your confidence.


While learning from the best violin teacher can offer personalised instruction and immediate feedback tailored to an individual’s needs, structured music programmes offer a broader educational experience that can enrich a student’s musical development in various ways. Ideally, a combination of both approaches can provide a well-rounded musical education that fosters both technical proficiency and artistic expression when you add effective practice routines and techniques to your violin learning.

About The Author:
About The Author:

Alan Senejani
Alan is the co-founder of LVL Music Academy and in charge of everyday operations. His wife, Ms Janice and himself are passionate to bring out the best in kids & adults with quality music lessons in Singapore. He is a loving father to his 4 years old little girl & 1 year old little boy.

About The Author:
About The Author:

Alan Senejani
Alan is the co-founder of LVL Music Academy and in charge of everyday operations. His wife, Ms Janice and himself are passionate to bring out the best in kids & adults with quality music lessons in Singapore. He is a loving father to his 4 years old little girl & 1 year old little boy.

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