Hi! It’s Friday, March 22, 2013 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 8 and up (with parental supervision)
At this website you can take a simple virtual tour of a violin factory through pictures and text. See the entire process from selecting the wood for the body of the violin, to making bows.
When you get to the site use the menu on the left side of the page to access each step of the tour that includes:
*Materials – Find out what types of wood are used to make a violin.
*Instrument Parts – Explore all of the different parts that made up a violin including the body, sound hole, bridge, scroll, pegs, and sound posts.
*Piece It Together – See how the different parts of a violin are pieced together at the factory.
*Tuning – Learn how to tune a violin.
This site was developed by students in a classroom a number of years ago. There are all kinds of links to additional information within the text of the tour. Unfortunately, many of the links are no longer working. Regardless, there is still plenty of good information to learn.
If this piques your student’s interest, you’ll find more in-depth information on how violins are designed and made at the website of violin maker, David Gusset.
Specia Bonus! Don’t miss this documentary (about 1 hour) that demonstrates the violin making process from the selection of wood to seeing the finished product in concert – all delivered to the strains of glorious violin music!
Finally, you may enjoy this 5-6 minute YouTube video from the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah. It shows aspects of violin making with a narrative by students and master craftsmen who explain why and how they became violin makers.
As always, parents should preview and supervise all Internet access.