Sarasota Violin Academy


The following equipment and books are needed and / or recommended . . .

Top Row: Shoulder Pad and Tuner
Bottom Row: String package and Rosin

There are different sizes of violins: full-size, 7/8, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, etc. I can help you determine what size violin you will need or a seller/renter should be able to help you.

  • The violin must have four fine-tuners (small devices that allow one to tune the strings with precision). You can buy or rent an instrument.

Nicer bows are made of wood and suggested for older or advanced students. For beginners or younger students I suggest a fiberglass bow to start. They are basically unbreakable. A bow should be included with a violin rental.

Shoulder rest (recommended)
A device that allows one to hold the violin properly and with correct posture. I recommend the KUN shoulder rest. It must be the correct size for the instrument. Example: a 1/2 size violin requires a KUN shoulder rest that will fit a 1/2 size violin. Shoulder rests usually help in holding the violin.

Should be included with a violin rental. If not, the cost can be as little as $50 and go up to about $1,000.00 and up!

Rosin is a tree sap product that we put on the bow to make the hair sticky thus producing sound. Cost, about $5.

A music stand is helpful because it is adjustable and can put the music at the proper height for students. Cost, $15 and up.

Cleaning Cloth
Any soft cloth will do. This is used to clean the rosin dust off of the instrument and bow.

Additional Recommended Equipment

Electronic Tuner
To help tune the strings and teach the student when a note is in tune. You will want a chromatic tuner. A tuner is more beneficial than a pitch pipe. Cost, $20 - $240. I recommend the Korg Chromatic Tuner.

Electronic Metronome
A device that produces a 'beat' that the musician can follow. Excellent in the development of accurate rhythm. Cost, $40 and up. I recommend the Korg Digital Metronome. There are metronome/tuner combinations for $30 and up.

1 complete extra set of strings
In case a string breaks, there will be an instant replacement. For students, I recommend the Thomastik Dominant brand. If a violin is smaller than full-size, make sure and buy strings that are the size of the violin. Cost, $30 and up.