What kind of progress should I expect?
We believe lessons should be a positive and enjoyable experience for students. Students love their lessons because not only are our teachers knowledgeable, they're warm, friendly, and encouraging.
Currently, we only offer private on-on-one violin lessons for students. Lessons are customized to each student based on their age, goals, and interests.
Keep reading below to learn more about our violin program.
What ages do you accept?
We love teaching both children and adults, from beginning to advanced students.
Students can begin learning violin as young as 3 years old with the Suzuki Method.
What is the Suzuki Method and Who is it for?
The Suzuki Method is ideal for very young students, typically between 3 and 5 years old and parental involvement is highly encouraged and important for your young student.
The method emphasizes repetition, memorization and learning music by ear before learning how to read sheet music. The philosophy of this approach is to replicate the way we all learn our native language: first by ear, and learning how to read later.
Young students will learn how to:
Hold the instrument correctly
Develop a good bow hold
Train their ear
Play real songs
Our certified Suzuki teachers are wonderful with young children. Watch your child delight in playing their first song and build confidence as they continue to advance and share their music with family and friends.
How often and how long are lessons?
Lessons are generally once a week and we offer 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute time slots. The lesson length that is ideal will depend on the age of the student and their goals. For young beginning students under the age of 10, a thirty-minute is ideal. For older or more advanced students, we generally recommend a longer lesson time to allow time for more questions, discussions, and cover more repertoire.
We recommend consistent weekly lessons. Consistency is one of the most powerful habits for students to develop for musical success.
Coming to lessons every week ensures that students don't lose ground on the progress they've made and that bad habits don't have time to take hold.
Monday-Friday: Early Afternoon & Evening
Saturday: Mornings & Early Afternoon.
What progress should I expect?
For experienced students, your teacher will be getting a sense of your learning style, goals, and making a plan for your learning path and keep building upon the experience you already have.
While everyone learns and understands musical concepts at a different pace, here is a general guideline for the progress beginning students should expect to make:
During your first few months, lessons will be all about setting the foundation. Lessons are generally focused on the basics of violin technique and an introduction to note reading and rhythms.
After 3 months, a beginning student should be able to read easy sheet music, understand simple rhythms, play with a steady beat, and have completed a few of simple songs.
After 6 months, students should be starting to have relative ease with reading their sheet music, and starting to master basic bowing techniques and coordination.
The violin is one of the hardest instruments to learn, but with the right teacher, can be a wonderful experience. Patience is key and students should focus on gradual and small improvements, which will compound over time!
What Styles Do You Teach?
Our string teachers are classically trained musicians who will teach students proper and traditional violin technique.
We believe that first establishing a solid musical foundation will give students the tools they need to ultimately learn any style they wish!
In lessons students learn:
How to read sheet music
Understand and play various rhythms
Proper instrument and bow hold
How to play in tune
How to play with a metronome
Music Theory as it applies to their music
Just like being able read lends itself to a whole world of knowledge, reading sheet music opens up a whole world of music!
Do I need a violin?
Yes, students will need an instrument for lessons and home practice. A decent student instrument can sometimes be costly, so we recommend renting to start out.
We highly recommend Old Town Violins (www.oldtownviolins.com) for your instrument rental. They supply quality student instruments to students of our Academy, and even deliver your instrument to the school for you before the first lesson! There are many other perks, so we encourage you to check them out!
But what if...
We've often heard reasons why a student thinks they can't learn an instrument:
My fingers are... too short, too long, and even too fat!
I have... learning difficulties, short memory, bad eyesight
But we're here to tell you that very little will prevent you from being able to learn an instrument if it's your wish.
Let us help you overcome your barriers and make music for yourself!