About Katarzyna

Katarzyna Franczak is a violin teacher at The London Violin Institute. She has a passion for sharing her love for the violin with adults who play for their own pleasure. She is currently studying for a master degree at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as a Trinity College London Scholar. She is also an enthusiastic performer as both a solo and orchestral player.

Is it necessary to have prior musical experience to start learning the violin?


The Queen of All Sciences Let’s imagine that we would talk about learning maths without any prior experience. Recently, I have been thinking that maths is one of the most abstract studies. It sounds so silly, but it doesn’t exist, it is just in our head. Mathematicians are searching for the laws which govern the universe. Have we ever seen any numbers in real life? Definitely we can see the role of maths in physics where we can define gravity through equations amongst many other examples. In those cases there would seem to be something clear and definable with which we [...]

Is it necessary to have prior musical experience to start learning the violin?2021-10-19T18:28:26+01:00

How to choose a violin teacher?


The Start Finding the right teacher is probably one of the first challenges that every instrumental student will face. As I briefly discussed in the previous article, it is difficult if not impossible to learn violin on your own as a beginner and achieve a satisfactory level of playing. The challenge is not only in the complex violin posture with two completely different techniques in both hands, but also in performing many other musical activities at the same time, e.g.improving aural skills, sense of rhythm, learning music notation, and also awakening musical sensitivity and searching for your own musical taste. It [...]

How to choose a violin teacher?2021-06-09T15:10:38+01:00

Is the violin a difficult instrument to play?


The violin is known to be one of the most difficult instruments to study and play at a satisfactory level. I remember when as a young student after school concerts some family member or a friend who doesn't play any string instrument would ask me “How can you play violin without frets? How do you know where to find each note?” If only they knew that this is only a prelude to more complex business. Importance of General Musicianship in Playing Violin The amount of work and time needed may feel overwhelming at first. The beginner violin student must learn a [...]

Is the violin a difficult instrument to play?2021-05-25T07:51:01+01:00

Can adults learn to play the violin on their own?


Learning an instrument can be a beautiful long journey on which you may face new exciting adventures every day. There is no template that would suit every single student. Therefore, the learning process can be challenging although at the same time it can encourage us to find creative solutions and discover our own way of playing, leading to the best possible individual approach at a given time. Inspiration Unfortunately, at some point some of us may feel that in our practice we hit a rut and get bored and discouraged. That situation is common; we become full of excitement and energy [...]

Can adults learn to play the violin on their own?2021-04-12T09:34:34+01:00

7 Tips to help the beginner violin student succeed


In this article I would like to present my tips for beginner violin students. I appreciate that starting to learn an instrument may seem very challenging. The amount of work and time needed may feel overwhelming at first. To ensure that you manage your practice efficiently I would love to share my advice on how to start, what to be aware of, and where to look for help. I hope your musical journey will be truly inspiring and joyful. Find the Right Teacher To succeed in any field you need a good teacher and of course this applies to the violin. [...]

7 Tips to help the beginner violin student succeed2021-03-10T13:44:39+00:00

5 Easy violin pieces for beginners


I’m thrilled to welcome you on our wonderful journey through violin playing. I’m truly passionate about music and have always loved to popularise the beauty and power of art. Beginning to learn to play the violin is not the easiest part. Dealing with two completely different techniques that both hands must perform at the same time, as well as the unusual hand position, may be challenging even for professional musicians. Therefore it is important to be patient and kind to yourself while practicing. You will see most progress after enjoying the journey of systematic individual practice, instead of fixing your attention [...]

5 Easy violin pieces for beginners2021-03-10T13:45:40+00:00
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