Instrument Size Guide
Violas are available in a range of sizes to suit children of different ages and height. Listed below are the recommended sizes of viola for various age groups and heights. These are rough estimates and based on typical sizes for heights for ages. If you have any doubts in sizing please speak with your child's tutor.
12″ Viola Ages 6-7
13″ Viola Ages 7-9
14″ Viola Ages 9-12
15″ Viola Ages 10-12
16″ Viola Ages 12+
We hope you enjoy your instrument. Please take the time to read the rest of the information below to keep the instrument in its best condition.
Caring for your Instrument
We recommend that you wipe down the strings of your violin/viola after each use to extend their life. Sweat from playing causes strings to corrode and rust which eventually results in a dull tone. Any excess rosin should be wiped from the body of the instrument. The bow should be loosened after use in order to keep it in good condition. Always put your violin/viola back in its case after playing to avoid accidental damage.
Violin strings inevitably break and need replacing. (Please note that replacing strings is the responsibility of the hirer). Some shops will sell individual strings however many will only sell full sets. Please ensure you buy the correct length strings for your size violin/viola. Your tutor should be able to show you how to replace strings, however many tutorials can also be found online.
Never use commercial cleaning products or polishes to clean your violin/viola as they can damage the finish. A damp cloth is all that is needed.
If you need advice about tuning, there are a wealth of tutorials available on Youtube which will show you what to do whilst also providing the relevant tuning notes for your instrument.