Practice Smarter

Practice Smarter

Make Faster Progress and Get More Results with Proven Practice Techniques


Video lessons & teacher support


September 25th 2023


7 Weeks


All levels

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What if I told you that….

You could play the violin better, with less practice than you are doing now.

Almost all amateur violinists could cut their practice time down in half while having more results if they would use better practice techniques.

Talented violinists aren’t just gifted – they have a different practice strategy (that you can copy).

Most violinists have no idea how to practice. As a result, they don’t ever reach their musical potential.


However, after learning multiple instruments and teaching the violin for more than 15 years, I know these to be true. You can become a better violin player in less time and effort by simply learning the art of practicing.

Here is How Practice Smarter will Help You

Practice Smarter is a step-by-step course in which you will learn how to practice effectively. It will guide you through the best violin practice techniques, so you will make more progress in less time!

Improve Your Playing In Less Time

Having a consistent and optimized practice routine is one of the best ways to become a better violin player efficiently. Learn simple ways and techniques to practice difficult passages, so that you will be able to play your favourite songs in less time!

Know Exactly What to Practice

Nothing is as unproductive as starting your practice session with no clear goal in mind. Knowing exactly what you want to practice – and having a plan for how to go about it – will inspire you to pick up your violin and follow through on your plan.

Get into a Consistent Practice Routine

A rewarding practice routine is one of the best ways to feel a strong sense of motivation to stay consistent with your practice. No amount of discipline or willpower is as powerful as the sense of musical fulfillment you feel if you are seeing yourself achieving your musical goals little by little each time you practice.

Get Weekly Support & Guidance

Along with instant access to all your weekly course materials, you also get access to a community of other students, as well as access to me & another professional violin teacher to ask all your questions during office hours, all for no additional payment.

Invest Time in Your Practice

A lot of violin players never make time to focus on improving their practice routine – and will miss out on all the improvement it would make for their playing! Joining this guided program will simplify the process and hold you accountable so that you can finally take time to focus on your practice routine and make more progress in every practice session for years to come!

Have Fun in The Process

We all started playing the violin because we loved it. This course will help you stop judging yourself for “not practicing enough” and help you instead follow a step-by-step plan to get into a rewarding and fulfilling practice routine that feels fun!

What my students are saying

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Sara Avatar
JVA and courses Unlock your Vibrato and Practice Smarter The courses Unlock your Vibrato and Practice Smarter at Violinspiration have been extremely helpful. With lots of useful and clear instructional videos and exercises, I could improve my vibrato and now I have a better understanding on how to schedule a practice session, getting the most out of it each time. Julia's Violin Academy is also a great online violin school, with two fantastic teachers, Julia and Victoria, and a huge variety of contents (video lessons; challenges; pieces with piano accompaniment; and a lot more). I can only recommend it and both courses!
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Sara 1 year ago
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Great course for an adult learner As an adult learner, it’s very difficult learning such a difficult instrument as the violin. I often get demotivated but Julia’s Practice Smarter course helps me to really hone in on practice techniques to keep me focused.
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Michelle 6 months ago

Let’s take a look at what you’ll learn in each of the 7 modules:

Before we Start: Getting Ready

Create a cozy practice space and get the equipment you need to get most out of this course.

Module 1: Practice Techniques for Scales and Arpeggios

In the next modules, you will discover exactly what you need to do during your practice time to make the most out of every practice session.

In Module 1 I will show you all the practice strategies to practice scales and arpeggios effectively.

If you practice scales and arpeggios the right way, it can make an enormous difference in your intonation, sound creation, and bowing techniques. The progress you will see from practicing scales for only a few minutes every day will make you want to practice them more often.

You will also discover how much fun it can be to practice scales and arpeggios if you have a clear plan of how to go about it!

Module 2: Practicing Difficult Passages

In this module, I will share the techniques I wished I knew when I started to play the violin. I will show exactly how to go about practicing difficult passages so that you can play them with ease – even at a fast tempo. You will learn how to practice to feel confident when playing a difficult passage, how to effectively use the metronome, and more…

In this way, you will learn to play your favorite pieces in a more engaging and effective way.

Module 3: Practicing Difficult Bowings

Sometimes not the notes or the fingerings are the main difficulty you may find in your sheet music – it can be the bowing. So in this module, I will provide you with my best tools and tips that you can use in the moments when you encounter any difficult bowing passages.

After studying module 4, you will know a few different strategies to learn any challenging bowing passage.

Module 4: Practicing Intonation

Make a huge difference to the sound that you produce when you play your violin by applying the tips and techniques I teach in Module 4. This way any tune you play, even the simple beginner or nursery rhymes, will sound so beautiful!

Module 5: Practice Techniques for Shifting

Do you feel insecure when you have to do a shift? And, some of them can be really difficult! Don’t play the “hit or miss game,” but learn the shifting techniques and become secure that whenever you do a shift, it will sound in tune.

Module 6: Practicing Double Stops and Chords

The better you become at violin playing, the more advanced techniques you will encounter in your pieces.

In this module, you will learn exactly how to go about practicing passages with chords and double stops.

Learn the techniques so that you won’t feel stressed each time you get closer to a difficult double stop or a chord in your pieces.

Module 7: Creating Lasting Motivation

No matter how many great practice techniques you know or how many great teacher you’ve had, there is one key to playing the violin: being consistent.

In this module, we will go over how to stay consistent with our practice and keep making progress in difficult times – especially on the moments that our motivation is fading…

But wait, that’s not all! You also get…

BONUS 1: Tailored Practice Routines for Every Schedule

Maximize the practice time you have by making use of tailored practice routines for every time frame and situation.

In this module, I will show you exactly what and how to practice if you have 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and 60 minutes of practice time. In this way, you can tailor your practice routine every week to the amount of time you have available. I’ll even share how you can continue to practice without a violin, for instance when you are on a trip without your instrument!

BONUS 2: 5 Minute Practice Routines for Common Techniques

Do you have a busy schedule? Use these 5-minute practice routines to master a range of techniques in just 5 minutes a day! There are 13 5-minute practice plans included that will help you master fundamental violin skills like fourth finger strength, 2nd-5th position, straight bowing, and more! You will be surprised how much of a difference a short practice session of only 5 minutes can make if you follow these routines consistently.

BONUS 3: Setting Your Practice Goals & Routines

In order to improve your practice routine, you have to be able to identify what’s actually holding you back (only then can you make improvements to your routine!).

After that, you will learn how to set realistic and attainable practice goals to create practice motivation that lasts! You will learn how to select pieces, scales, and etudes on your level. Based on your newly set goals, you will design your own custom practice schedule so you know exactly when and what to practice.

Next to that you will receive…

Printable Practice Planner

One of the most important keys to accomplishing big goals is having a clear vision and plan to get there! No matter what level of playing you are, this planner will motivate you to set practice goals and keep yourself accountable. This 21-paged Practice Planner will help you to plan your practice sessions, stay accountable with your daily practice challenges, keep track of learned repertoire and so much more! Plus, preparing your lessons in this way will be a surefire way to impress your violin teacher and musician friends, so they’ll finally see you for the violin authority you are. 😉

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Progress Guaranteed

I’ve done everything in my power to make this the simplest and most fun way to learn how to practice effectively. I am convinced that my program will equip you with everything you need to get into a motivating and effective practice routine on the violin.

But it is important to me that all my students LOVE my lessons. So if you proceed with the course, practice with my guidance, and don’t see any results, then you can email me within 60 days of purchase for a full refund.

If you’re thinking …
“this sounds amazing but I’m still not 100% sure
… keep reading!

You should give Practice Smarter 60 day risk-free shot if you’re motivated by any of the following:

You want to get into a consistent violin practice routine and make sure you practice properly right out of the gate by using a simple and fun step-by-step program.

You’ve not always gotten the results out of your practice that you were hoping for. Maybe you even started wondering if you are “not talented enough” or “too old to learn.”

You sometimes feel stressed or overwhelmed during your practice. Maybe you feel like there are too many things to focus on or that you “don’t have the time to practice it all.” You want to feel more relaxed and at ease during your practice time.

Your practice routine is boring. Maybe you are even playing the same pieces and scales over and over again. You don’t feel excited to practice anymore or even feel like you are hitting a wall, which causes you to lose motivation.

You’re motivated by the potential of learning practice techniques as you know it will help you improve your violin playing a lot! Putting the time into following this step-by-step course is worth it to you, knowing you will benefit from the techniques your entire life.

The idea of learning together in an online program with a group of violinists from all over the world feels fun to you. You feel excited to start this easy-to-follow yet super-effective practice technique program.

You feel confident knowing you have a 60 Days Progress Guarantee to test Practice Smarter out risk-free. It’s simple: either you follow the course and learn to practice way more effectively… or you show me that you tried the practice techniques without result, and you will get a 100% refund.

Using these practice strategies, I have:

✅ Learn to play violin concertos, Chopin nocturnes, songwriting, singing & guitar accompanying all in less than 3 years of practice

✅ Learn to play 6 instruments well enough to join a band & perform in under 1 year

✅ Become a professional violin player next to doing full-time university studies & a side job

✅ Pass the conservatory (European music school) audition with only 1 week of preparation

I say this not to brag because my accomplishments are relatively modest. After years of getting to know many extraordinary musicians, I have found that many achieved higher levels of playing in even less time!

I’m saying this because I believe you can do it too.

Are you ready to learn how to have more fun in your practice while being more effective?

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start?

The course starts on the 25th of September 2023 and lasts 7 weeks. After the course ends, you will have lifelong access to all lessons.

How much do I need to practice?

To get the most results out of this course, students should make time to practice at least 5 minutes every day. If you are able to make more time, 30 minutes would be ideal.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does a lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

Can I access the course on iPad / iPhone / Android?

Yes. You can access all lesson materials 24/7 across all devices.

What if I have any questions or problems during the course?

You’re never alone in your learning! You can always send me an email with all your questions. Please use the following email address: support [at]

I already have a violin teacher. Does this interfere?

Not at all! I’ve got students who already have a violin teacher and they benefit a lot from my courses. Your violin teacher is probably limited to 45 minutes per week – Practice Smarter, as well as the community group, is open 24/7. Our supportive community and resources will help you to get even more motivated to practice as well as cheer you up in your daily struggles. I’m sure your teacher will be able to see and appreciate your improvements!

What if I am unhappy with the course?

I would never want you to be unhappy! If you practice with all my lessons, and don’t see any results, you can email me within 60 days of purchase for a full refund.

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