What Violin Size Do I Need?

Unlike pianos, there are a range of violin sizes to suit children of any age. But what violin size do you need? And what violin sizes are available?

Violin Sizes

The smallest violin size you will see is a 1/32, ranging through 1/16, 1/8, ¼, ½, ¾, 4/4 or full size. Occasionally you will see a 1/10th or even a 7/8th for small adults.

Choose the right violin size

From left to right, 4/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/32 size violins

How do you know what size will suit your child?

Have them hold the instrument in position and stretch out their left arm. If they can comfortably curl their fingers around the end of the scroll, the violin is not too big.

Here is a table of sizes and the approximate ages that each violin size is suitable for. Your child may be particularly big or small for their age and you may need to adjust to their individual needs, but the following will give you some idea what sort of violin size you should be looking at;

SizeApproximate Age
3/49 - 12
4/412 yrs +