Measuring Your Child for a String Instrument

 

How to measure for a Violin or Viola (without an instrument)

  1. Grab a yardstick or measuring tape.
  2. Have your child stand up straight facing you.
  3. Lift the left arm and extend it fully to the side, palm facing up, fingers flat and straight out. Place against the side of the neck, and measure from the neck, down the arm to the center of the palm.
  4. Once you have the size in inches, use the size chart, below, to determine the child’s size.

 

Violin sizes

Arm length measurements in inches

1/16

14” ………15 3/8”

1/10

15 3/8” ….16 7/8”

1/8

16 7/8” ….18 1/2”

1/4

18 1/2” ….20 3/8”

1/2

20 3/8” ….22 1/4”

3/4

22 1/4”….23 5/8”

4/4 (full size)

23 5/8”+

 

Viola sizes

Arm length measurements in inches

 

13”

21 5/8” ….23 1/4”

14”

23 1/4” ….24 7/8”

 

15”

24 7/8” ….25 7/8”

 

15 1/2”

25 7/8” ….26 5/8”

 

16”

26 5/8” ….27 1/4”

 

16 1/2”

27 1/4” …28”

 

 

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How to measure for a Cello (without an instrument)

You can achieve a very close approximation using three measurements.

 

  1. The height of the player.
  2. The distance between the shoulder socket and the tip of the middle finger on the left arm.
  3. The distance between the tip of the index finger and the tip of the pinky finger on the left hand.

Cello Height Measuring ChartCello Arm Length Measuring ChartCello Finger Span Measuring Chart

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