Measuring Your Child for a String Instrument

How to measure (without a cello)

You can achieve a very close approximation using three measurements.

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

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

 

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Measuring for a violin or viola 
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.
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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”
1/2” 27 1/4” …28”