K-2 Violin: First Steps to Playing

Listen to the violin: A Young Violinist

We have to cross over our body when we play the violin. This is still a developing skill in some younger students.  This activity can help: Cross Over Song
The left hand holds the violin.  The right hand holds the bow.
picture of left and right hand
Learn Left & Right: Left & Right Song

Learn The Parts of the Violin: The Scroll Song

Foot position for playing violin:


How to bow:

Clapping the Twinkle Rhythms:

Shadow bow the Twinkle Rhythms:

How to open the case safely:

How to get in rest position:

The Rest Position Song:

Words to the Rest Position Song:
words to the rest position song

Steps to playing position: Make sure the violin is in the left hand.  Do not switch hands as you move into playing position. You may want to practice this with a box or stuffed animal at first.  Do not drop your violin!

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