Beth Massa - Strings

Elementary Violin

VIOLIN is science. The vibrating string operates according to specific and exact principles of physics and acoustics. A piece of music is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
VIOLIN is math. Music is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions, carried out instantaneously by the mind.

VIOLIN is foreign language. Music is the most complete and universal language. Most musical terms are in Italian, German, or French. The notation is a highly developed shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.

VIOLIN is physical education. Playing a string instrument requires fantastic coordination, control of fingers, hands, arms, neck, back and shoulders muscles, responding instantly as the ear hears the sound and the mind interprets it.

VIOLIN is art. Playing a string instrument allows one to take basic knowledge and techniques and use them creatively to express emotion or to communicate an idea. Music develops insight.