“For about 5 years, a renowned Quebec luthier stopped making violin bows for two reasons. Health reasons, because their manufacture produces toxic dust for the lungs. And also because the Brazilian forests, where the best wood for making bows comes from, have been razed.

Source: Press

“A violin making school has set up a research project in applied acoustics. Their efforts are divided on two fronts: the analysis of the sound emitted by the classical guitar when a string is plucked by a plectrum, and the 3D modeling of the instrument in a software which makes it possible to study the vibrations in a virtual way. guitar."

Source: Radio-Canada

The activities in this guide will allow students to familiarize themselves with the profession of luthier as well as with plucked or bowed string instruments.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Know the different parts of the violin;
- Name different types of plucked or bowed string instruments;
- Compare the characteristics of different stringed instruments.

Suggested activities

ACTIVITY 1: Science at the service of violin making In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Begin this activity by asking students if they know the trade of luthier commonly called violin. Ask them to see if they can name plucked and bowed string musical instruments.
Display this item presenting how science is now used in the making of violins by luthiers.

Check students' understanding by questioning them, here are some questions:

  • Explain what violin making is in your own words.
  • What is the name of the Italian violin maker at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries?
  • What is the Cegep Édouard-Montpetit research project?
  • What will the researchers examine more specifically?
  • What is essential to eliminate during a test bench?
  • What do the tests show?
  • What does 3D modeling confirm?
  • Etc.

ACTIVITY 2: The violins In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Begin this activity by asking students if they can name the different types of violins or similar instruments.

Take a brief look at this item encyclopedic describing the different parts of the violin.
Test students' knowledge by posting this interactive activity at TNI.

Download the file in PDF format (.pdf)
Download the file in ActivInspire (.flp) format
Download the file in SMART Notebook (.notebook) format

No BIT? Download the SMART Notebook version and open it using
of the online application SMART Notebook Express.

ACTIVITY 3: Stringed and plucked instruments In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.

Begin this activity by questioning the students to see if they know the difference between a violin, viola, cello, guitar, etc.

Present this demonstration musical instrument of the 3Dvarius, an electric violin printed in 3D.
Suggest that the students learn more about the different types of stringed instruments. pinches or rubbed.

Ask them to compare 3 types of instruments in order to compare their origin, their physical appearance, their manufacturing process, the technique used to play them, etc.
Distribute to students this consignment grid so that they can better organize their new knowledge.

For further

Listen carefully to this video in order to learn to tell the difference between the sound of a violin and that of a viola.

More about the magazine

The secret code of luthiers
Techno-Sciences, March 20, 2017

A passionate with fairy fingers
Le Télégramme, March 14, 2017

The virtuoso Marc Bouchkov gives us his 1865 violin
Radio-Canada, June 1, 2016

Social networks to the rescue of the metro violinist
TVA Nouvelles, April 12, 2016

The violin
The visual dictionary of the violin

Presentation of the violin
Musica Font Website


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