Frequently asked questions

What are the different violin sizes?

Violins come in a range of sizes for all ages to enjoy. There are 7 main sizes that violins come in. The size corresponds to the length of the body of the violin (not including the neck and scroll). The smallest common size is 1/16 (just 9 inches or 23 cm), and the sizes work their way up through 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and finally 4/4 or full size (about 14 inches or 36 cm). This means adults can play violin, as well as children at just 2 years old!

Can my child take their violin home?

Yes! Once you have purchased or rented violin from us, it is yours to take home, in fact, practicing regularly at home throughout the week is highly encouraged.

What does the Registration Fee cover?

TSS charges a $25 Registration Fee each year to secure a spot in the program, as well as to cover other expenses such as: · rosin and/or bow replacement · chin-rest tightening · minor violin repairs; broken string, fallen bridge, collapsed sound-post.

What if my violin breaks, or needs repair?

DISCLAIMER: Toronto Singing Strings is not responsible for any damage sustained to your child’s violin. Once you have purchased a violin, you are responsible for your own repairs. Careful hands and respect for the instrument is encouraged. For minor fixes like tune ups, broken strings, collapsed bridge, etc., any of our teacher (Arthur Lewinowicz) can assist you with that at no charge. However, if there is more significant damage sustained to your violin (e.g., broken bow, crack in violin), we can suggest the following facilities for repair: The Sound Post, Long & McQuade.

My child's school already has an Instrumental String Program which starts in Grade 6 —why should my child enroll in TSS?

In the world of string instruments, starting at age 12 is quite late. Ideally, a child would be introduced, and begin practicing at 4 years old. If they start learning how to play the violin a few years before the mandatory String Program, they will have an advantage, musically and personally. Already having a strong foundation and good technique will allow your child to really enjoy and excel in playing orchestral pieces, rather than just starting to learn the basics.