String Instrument Sizing
What size string instrument do I need?
With string instruments, like many other things in life, one size does not fit all. Finding the right size will set your student up for success. If you and your student can come into the store, we can measure the student to ensure the correct size of instrument.
Although you might be inclined to buy a larger instrument for your student to avoid having to trade up, you’ll actually do a disservice to the student (and you’ll frustrate their teacher) if the instrument is too large. An instrument that is too large will quickly frustrate the student and becomes a challenge to play.
Our instruments are rented through Bert Murdock Music. Their flexible rental program allows you to trade up to a larger instrument as the student grows.
When measuring for a violin or viola, what matters most is not the child’s height or age, but the length of his or her arms. Cello size is largely determined based on the student’s height.
Here are some guidelines when it comes to size of the instrument:
Violin Measuring Chart
|AGE||ARM LENGTH||VIOLIN SIZE|
|Up to 3 years||13.5 inches||1/32|
|3-4 years||14.5 inches||1/16|
|4-5 years||16 inches||1/10|
|5-6 years||17.25 inches||1/8|
|6-7 years||19 inches||1/4|
|8-9 years||20.75 inches||1/2|
|10-12 years||22 inches||3/4|
|12 years and up||23.5 inches||4/4 (full size)|
Viola Measuring Chart
|ARM LENGTH||VIOLA SIZE|
|14″–15⅜”||1/16 size -1/10th violin strung as viola|
|15⅜”–18½”||1/8 size violin strung as viola|
|18½”–20⅜”||1/4 size violin strung as viola|
|20⅜”–22¼”||1/2 size violin strung as viola|
Cello Measuring Chart
|4' or shorter||1/4 size|
|4' to 4' 6"||1/2 size|
|4' 6" to 5'||3/4 size|
|5' or taller||4/4 size|
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