Middle school

Shoulder Rests and Other Accessories
I encourage all violin and viola students to try using a shoulder rest. Every student is different however, and may require a different type of shoulder rest. It might be helpful to go to a music store and try some different shoulder rests out. You can also find many types of shoulder rests for sale online.

Well-known brands include Everest and Kun. Be sure to get the right size shoulder rest for your instrument, e.g. 1/2, 3/4 or full. A 3/4 violin shoulder rest will also fit a 13 inch viola and a 4/4 shoulder rest will fit a 14 inch viola.

Sometimes an inexpensive foam shoulder rest held with elastic bands can work well, especially for smaller players.

Feel free to ask me any questions that you might have!
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