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Violin Size Chart

Finding the Correct Violin Size


With children beginning to play the violin as young as three years old, finding the right size violin for a growing child or adolescent is extremely important. Arm length and hand size greatly affect one's ability to learn proper technique and muscle memory.

Below is a helpful violin sizing guide with arm and violin measurements. Please call us at 1-800-779-0242 and we can help you find the right instrument. Sizing consultations are always complementary!

General Age Guidelines

Note that some age ranges overlap, taking into consideration that players may be shorter or taller for their age.

Age Violin Size*
3–5 1/16
5–7 1/8
7–9 1/4
8–11 1/2
10–12 3/4
12 and up 4/4 (Full Size)

Measuring Arm Length

Have the player extend their left arm completely straight (but not overextended) with no bend in the elbow or wrists. Measure 1) from the base of the neck to the center of the palm, and 2) from the base of the neck to the wrist.

Measurement 1 (neck to palm) indicates the largest size the player could use.

Measurement 2 (neck to wrist) indicates the most appropriate and comfortable size for the player.

Arm Measurement Guide

Arm Length Age Violin Size*
14"–15⅜" 3–5 1/16–1/10
15⅜"–18½" 3–5 1/10–1/8
18½–20⅜ 4–7 1/4
20⅜–22¼ 6–10 1/2
22¼–23⅝ 9–11 3/4
23⅝ and up 12+ 4/4 (Full Size)

*The following are general and approximate guidelines. For proper fitting for size, students should consult directly with their private instructor or an experienced violinist.