Historically speaking, the “inventor” of the violin as an instrument is unknown because it reaches far back into the past and there are numerous theories about it. However, most experts agree on one fact: the father of the violin as we know it today is Andrea Amati (1511 – 1577) from Cremona, given there is written documentation of two violins he built between 1542 and 1546, although they were three-stringed instruments. The highlight of this short historical sketch is the fact that in spite of the multicultural tradition and use, the violin and its ultimate potential still keep hidden secrets. Through the Violinmusic4all project, one secret has been newly uncovered in the sense of discovering an innovative method which, for the first time in the world, allows deaf and hard of hearing as well as people with different types of disability to participate interactively in the interpretation of music by playing violin! Thanks to the great engagement of Renata Novoselec, violinist and the method innovator, as well as all project participants, they continue their journey and development with great success and emotion.
According to the famous violinist Julian Rachlin, ambassador of goodwill for the Violinmusic4all project, this project is a progressive and authentic global innovation in the field of teaching violin, led by Croatian violinist Renata Novoselec. He asserted:
Personally, I know how hard it is to get results in working with children with normal abilities at the level of initial skills, because the violin is the queen among the instruments and at the same time one of the most challenging in meeting the most demanding technical requirements. It gave me much joy to watch the video and realize how much effort the deaf people invest in order to play the violin according to Renata’s method, and they do it with success! Violinmusic4all is a valuable global project because it gives a new insight into music and has a special cultural significance as to what the project gives to the world.
The project brings new hope and new cultural direction to a large community across the world who are not able to hear music but are enabled to learn new skills, practice and present their knowledge to the public at individual levels, all through Renata’s great method.
I personally recommend Renata Novoselec as a great teacher, violinist and artist in every sense, who invests all her efforts into her musical passion and innovation in this new system.
Violinmusic4all should be recognized and supported in every possible way.
I believe that both in music and in life the Violinmusic4all project and Renata, in her artistic expression, help include people with different types of disability and the project actually means much more than reaching a high artistic level.
The project encourages inclusion and also has great human significance.
– Julian Rachlin, Goodwill Ambassador for the Violinmusic4all project
After more than a decade of research and successful four-year period of practical work, for the first time in the world violinist Renata Novoselec has successfully applied this therapeutic innovation through the Violinmusic4all project – the use of the violin for therapeutic purposes intended for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults, as well as children and adults with different types of disability, all marginalized and particularly vulnerable groups of society.
The particularity of this method in relation to all existing methods of learning violin lies in the fact that it is the only method in the world which is not based on learning by ear and tonalization, both currently the basis of all existing systems. Furthermore, if we look at different classical, individual methods, and then the Suzuki method which is based on learning by ear and emphasizes passive forms of learning through listening, all of these existing methods are not applicable in practice and work with children and people who are not able to hear the tone they produce on the violin.
“The Violinmusic4all project represents a revolution in the art of music, as well as in the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing.” – Thomas Sanderling, world famous German conductor