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Instantly improve your sound and skyrocket your musical confidence with your new secret weapon: DIY violin maintenance.

Violin maintenance is a major roadblock for even the most talented students and can be a distraction from teaching music for even the most talented teachers.


VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE is an online course that fixes that. It’s the perfect resource for violin teachers to share with their studios or for violin students of any age to learn with on their own.

VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE is the only online course of its kind. There’s no other resource like it in the world!

It’s infinitely helpful while still being concise. It will give you the confidence you need to not worry about violin mishaps and mistakes and do what violin students do best—play—and do what violin teachers do best—teach!

Do you want to…

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the right place! VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE is the course you’ve been looking for.

VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE is an online course with 45 videos that teach you everything you need to know to keep your violin in the best shape possible and help you sound amazing.

Imagine this:

You tune your violin quickly, confidently, and correctly.

You know what to do every day, week, and year to sound amazing.

You recognize the warning signs that something’s wrong with your violin–and you know exactly what to do about it.

You’ve totally maximized your violin for the best possible sound quality.

You discover why your violin buzzes and know how to troubleshoot.

Your bow goes where you want it to go and does what you want it to do.

You’re unfazed by a dislodged bridge because you can fix it in a few seconds flat.

You’re 110% confident that you’re keeping your violin healthy.

You have a go-to resource to walk you through any violin maintenance problem, anytime, anywhere.

You’ll learn all this and more in VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE.

Violin maintenance is absolutely essential, but it’s not intuitive. Unless someone teaches you exactly what to do, how to do it, and when to do it, your violin’s healthand your progresswill suffer.

This course cuts out the fluff and gets to the point.

It teaches you everything you need to maintain your violin.

With this course, not only will you solve violin repair and care problems quickly, manageably, and simply, but you’ll also save yourself time and money.

Explore the five modules of VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE:

Module 1: Quick Start Guide
  • Introduction (2:09)
  • How a Violin Works (1:09)
  • Tools to Keep in Your Case (1:32)
  • Routine Maintenance Tasks (1:45)
  • How to Find a Reputable Luthier & What They Do (2:24)


Module 2: The Bow
  • Bow Introduction (0:42)
  • Tip Plate (0:54)
  • Thumb Leather & Winding (0:54)
  • Horsehair (3:38)
  • Screw (1:27)
  • Rosin (5:50)
  • Putting the Bow Away (0:54)
Module 3: The Violin
  • Violin Introduction (0:40)
  • Case (3:30)
  • Bridge (2:57)
  • Sound Post (2:13)
  • Varnish (1:07)
  • Seams (1:58)
  • Cracks (1:19)
  • Fingerboard (0:34)
  • F-Holes (2:34)
  • Shoulder Rests & Sponges (6:05)
  • Chin Rest (2:14)
  • Ribs (1:32)
Module 4: Strings, Tuning, and Humidity
  • Strings, Tuning, and Humidity Introduction (0:20)
  • Strings (6:07)
  • How to Change Your Strings (9:15)
  • What to Do with Old Strings (1:01)
  • 3 Ways to Tune (1:27)
  • How to Tune for Beginners (5:39)
  • How to Install Fine Tuners (2:01)
  • Humidity (6:20)
Module 5: Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting Introduction (0:27)
  • Broken String (1:09)
  • Fine Tuner Screwed In or Out All the Way (0:30)
  • Wolf Tone (2:14)
  • Bad Sound (0:44)
  • Peg Problems (3:03)
  • Whistling E String (2:28)
  • Buzzing Violin (2:23)
  • Dropped Violin (0:41)
  • Stuck Bow Screw (0:38)
  • Broken Bow Hairs (1:16)
  • Constantly Out-of-Tune Violin (0:50)
  • Warped Bridge (1:45)


Hey, I’m Caitlin.

I’m a professional violinist and teacher. I have twenty-five years of experience playing the violin (and keeping many violins healthy) and a master’s in violin performance from the Royal Academy of Music. I also created the site Practice Pizzazz, which is all about making violin fun for kids.

See what people like you are saying about VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE:

“I love Caitlin’s Violin Repair & Care course! There are so many short, clear videos to watch on any topic you can think of that has to do with any violin issue! You can search for quickly and go right to the information you need. Caitlin gives clear and easy-to- follow instructions. She’s even funny once in a while, which is helpful when you are stressed while changing a string!

“As a violin teacher and director of a big music school, I’ve found that often students will lose weeks of lesson/practice time when something goes wrong with their violins and they leave them at a local music store that sends them away to a violin repair person coming into the store part time. Or sometimes the rental person “fixes it” and it’s worse!

Lessons missed, practice time missed and repair costs are very expensive.

“If you are a violin teacher, student or parent I recommend Caitlin’s VR&C course to have handy at all times and I promise you will get your money back after just one or two mishaps that you can take care of your self or prevent. Having her course is a smart preventative move like buying insurance to save money, stress, and grief later.

-Christy Hodder, Nova Scotia, Canada
Founder and director of the Scotia Suzuki School of Music

“Caitlin has done an incredible job putting together a much- needed course for violinists learning online. Violin Care and Repair is truly a one of a kind course not found anywhere else on the internet. It is PERFECT for young violinists to understand how to respect and care for their equipment, parents of young violinists to support their child’s journey and adult violinists who want to save trips to the luthier. I highly recommend this course for all violinists wanting step-by-step knowledge on how to care for and repair their violin.”

Heather Kaye, Bulgaria
Violinist, pedagogue, and mentor

“The Violin Repair & Care e-course provided me with a ton of valuable information about taking care of my violin. I feel confident in repositioning the bridge of my violin by myself and I know what to look for when my violin makes a buzzing sound. Whenever something’s the matter with my violin, or whenever I want to do just a maintenance check, I get back to this e-course and see if everything is still as it should be. If not, I know what I can do by myself.”

-Marijke, the Netherlands
Youtube channel Marijke Violin
, IG @marijke.violin

“Violin Repair & Care is a fantastic purchase. I am an adult violin student and have three children (ages 4, 6 & 7) taking
violin lessons. My oldest two worked through the course with me and it has been so wonderful.
I was thrilled with how clear and thorough the course materials are. My children were able to watch it with me and understand. They have already felt empowered with the knowledge and understanding they have of their instruments and the care and attention they take with their violins. This understanding alone will be a huge help in our home to help the violins be treated properly and avoid unnecessary damage/mistreatment.

“Caitlin has done a fantastic job at truly creating a comprehensive course that filled in so many gaps I had in violin care. As a busy mom of young children, I was concerned about being able to fit in the time to fully take advantage of the materials in the course. However, as I’ve worked through the course I have been pleasantly surprised at how it has been designed in a way that is respectful of my time–super easy to navigate information, clearly organized and easy to navigate. If you are a violin student yourself or the parent of a violin student, I would highly recommend VR&C, worth every penny and minute. Your violin will thank you!”

-Naomi Burton, Indiana, USA

Adult violinist and violin parent

I’m all about giving you more bang for your buck.

That’s why I’m giving you five amazing bonuses that speak to concerns you may have.

Are you worried you’ll forget what you learn in the videos?

That’s why I’m giving you the Violin Repair & Care Ebook.

Bonus #1: Violin Repair & Care Ebook

A 103-page downloadable ebook so help is never far away. This ebook is jam-packed with clear explanations, easy-to-follow instructions, and helpful photos.

Are you worried that actually getting started will be the hardest part?

That’s why I’m giving you the Quick Start Guide.

Bonus #2: Printable Quick Start Guide

A printable quick start guide for you to keep in your case or music bag. This concise reference packet covers

Violin and bow anatomy
Violin maintenance tools to keep in your case
Maintenance schedule–what to do and how often to do it

Are you wondering what you’ll do if you have a violin issue and need a solution fast?

That’s why I’m giving you the Troubleshooting Guide.

Bonus #3: Printable Troubleshooting Guide

This 14-page printable reference is a companion to Module 5. The guide is perfect for slipping into your case or music bag. You’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to properly, efficiently, and quickly troubleshoot nearly any violin maintenance problem you may run into.

Do you feel like you just want to start playing now?

That’s why I’m giving you the Tuning Guide.

Bonus #4: Printable Tuning Guide

This tuning guide walks you through tuning your violin quickly, confidently, and correctly. This printable accompanies the video with detailed instructions.

Are you worried you’ll lose track of what you learn about doing in this course?

That’s why I’m giving you the Violin Maintenance Tracker.

Bonus #5: Printable Violin Maintenance Tracker

You can print this card, fold it up, tuck it in your case, and use it to keep track of the dates of when you adjust the sound post, rehair the bow, and change the strings.

Ready to start your transformation to violin-repair-and-care virtuoso?

Still have questions? I have answers.

I'm a violin teacher. Can I share this course with my students?

Yes! Please purchase the studio license, which entitles you to lifetime access to the course for you and your students.

Why is the studio license right for me?

Teachers who want to share VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE with their studio should purchase the studio license. Here’s why:

1)  Helps you focus more on the music and the joy of creating it. You can stop using lesson time for violin maintenance issues and empower your students to take responsibility for the instruments and sound.

2) Lessens the stress on your students’ parents.  So many parents have great intentions but just don’t know where to turn for instrument help in between lessons. And they feel guilty asking for your valuable time when they have mishaps outside of regular lesson time or feel clueless.

3) Helps your studio stand out in a competitive environment. You will be offering an invaluable addition with appeal to many prospective students, as well as to current students.

How much does the course cost?

Right now, VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE is on sale for $47 for an individual and $97 for a studio license.

How do I enroll in VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE?

Click the “Enroll Now” button.
Pay via the secure checkout.
Get instant access to VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE.

By purchasing VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE, you agree to the Refund Policy.

Can't I just teach all this stuff to my students on my own?

Yes, you can, but you will regularly save minutes and even hours of lesson time by giving your students access to VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE rather than teaching violin maintenance to your students on your own. The fun part of teaching isn’t explaining rosin or troubleshooting maintenance problems. The fun part is actually making music with your students, guiding them to reach their potential, and helping them to cultivate a lifelong love of music. So outsource the tedious stuff and use your precious lesson time for actual music making.

So many parents have such great intentions but just don’t know where to turn for instrument help in between lessons with you. And they feel guilty asking for your valuable time when they have mishaps outside of regular lesson time or feel clueless. A studio license for Violin Repair & Care helps take pressure and stress off of parents and puts the focus back on learning and loving the violin.

Can I just have my students buy the course on their own?

Yes, although your students will get a much lower price if they get the course through you, their teacher.

Is the studio license only for teachers who teach online? What if I plan to return to in-person lessons after COVID-19?

This course is a great purchase for teachers who teach online and/or in person! No matter the delivery or format of lessons, teachers can reclaim valuable lesson time when they don’t need to spend precious minutes coaching students and parents on basic violin maintenance.

How soon after purchasing will I have access to the course materials?

Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll instantly receive all the course content, including all 45 videos and the five bonuses.

How long will I have access to the course?

Once you purchase VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE, you’ll have access to it for the lifetime of the course. As long as VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE exists, it’ll be yours.

How long will my students have access to the course?

You control how long your students have access to the course. When a student graduates, quits, or changes teachers, you’ll be able to end that student’s access to the course and then give access to another student in your studio instead.

I'm really busy at the moment. Can I buy the course now and go through it later?

Yes, absolutely. You’ll have lifetime access, so feel free to move through the course at your own pace.

How much time do I need to spend on the course to get results?

You could sit down and watch every video in one evening. Implementing the strategies and procedures may take you longer, but you’ll have all the information you need right away.

What if I'm totally new to the violin?

Then this is the perfect course for you to get you started on the right foot!

What if I've already been playing the violin for awhile? Is it too late for me to implement what you teach?

It’s never too late to start taking better care of your instrument. Anyone who follows VIOLIN REPAIR & CARE will get results.

Do you offer a refund or money-back guarantee?

No. Because the course includes direct downloads and instant access, all sales are final and non-transferrable.

What is the course format?

The course is 45 videos. I made most of them short on purpose so you can find exactly what you need quickly without wasting time. The course also includes an ebook and printable guides.

What will I need to implement the course?

If you have a violin, you’re set! I do recommend some violin maintenance tools. You can find these at the beginning of the course under “Recommended Tools.”

Do you offer a payment plan?

Not at this time. However, if cost is a concern, please consider purchasing just the ebook.

Is this a one-time purchase?

Yes. There are no recurring fees.

I still have questions. Who can I talk to?

Please email me at I’m happy to answer your questions!

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