String players have a distinct advantage over band students in that their instruments come in different sizes to accommodate the size of the player. The instrument should be selected by having your child “fitted” for the most appropriate size: the size determines both the distance the student must reach to be able to properly place their fingers on the fingerboard and how far apart the notes are located on the strings.

Violins are measured in fractions: 1/32, 1/16, 1/10, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 4/4 (or full sized). This is somewhat misleading, as they are not proportional (and 1/2 violin is not actually half the size of a 4/4 violin).

Choosing the right size

Every teacher has their own preferences and methods for sizing violins and many will size your child at school or in a lesson and write it down for you. If your teacher has measured your child, you would be well advised to get that size, even if someone else recommends a different size based on their measurement method. We will be happy to assist you with sizing if the teacher is unavailable and have a sizing tool that will get your child close to the size the teacher may want. The teacher may, however, decide that they prefer a slightly larger or smaller size for your child – we will gladly make the exchange for you if that is the case.

It is not necessarily helpful to call with an age of the child needing the instrument since children come in all shapes and sizes at every age. The best option is to have your child’s teacher or one of our staff members measure and fit your child.