Group lessons are affordable, fun, and a great way to make new friends—and maybe being part of a group will give you that little nudge to keep practicing! Our sessions will cover posture, holding the violin and bow, basic technique, and fun music. You do not need to know anything about the violin or music—this class is for absolute newcomers! You probably won't notice that every lesson is designed to build your skills methodically, and while you're home, you can access helpful info and pictures, fingerings, sound clips, and exercises from the Students section of this web site. After this two month course, students will be able to participate in recitals that are held three times per year.
Students will need to either rent or buy an instrument (please no electric, silent, or "left handed" violins) to take lessons. You may rent or buy a violin from a violin dealer, also, affordable loaner violins are available from StringSchool (please select "With Loaner" when signing up for class.)
Students wishing to buy an instrument should simply search the phone book for the nearest stringed instrument store (search maps with the query "Violin Dealers" or "Musical Instruments.") All instruments at the beginning stage are of about the same quality with some variation in the quality of materials. It is recommended that you buy from a violin shop/well established music store: beware of dealers that do not seem to specialize in stringed instruments.
If you're going to buy an instrument, you'll be good to start with a violin that is $250-$600. On auction sites and from some online dealers you'll be able to find violins for around and under $200 (which may be too good to be true—though it is possible to find a working violin for $200 and below, it is not recommended, many bargain instruments have structural problems and produce terrible tone.) Do the usual checks if buying online, and make sure the instrument is in playable condition needing no repair. Adult students will need a 4/4 or full-size violin.
A note about fingernails...kind of a strange thing to consider, but some students have been unable to part with their long fingernails so everyone should know: if you have long nails, taking this course will require that you trim them very short. (It's not possible to have proper hand position without short nails.)
Over the past years, I've been delighted to help people make violin and viola playing a part of their lives. I've been teaching for over 30 years in Seattle and Olympia Washington, Eugene Oregon, and in New York City. While in Eugene I taught for the 4J School District as an orchestra director and conducted sectionals and auditions for the Eugene Youth Symphony. I've also been on the faculty of the Suzuki Institute of Seattle, Tacoma Youth Symphony Music Camp and director of the Thalia Olympic Music Camp. MORE
I wish to build a school that offers music education for adults. This school is to have various programs for all stages in one's musical development. It is my goal to create such a school that says: "It is never too late to start. It is never too late to experience, and create music."
It is my belief that the arts are interrelated and when given an insights into music making, these insights can lend a fresh approach to other processes. Playing an instrument is not merely learning technique or faithful reproduction of pieces, it can be a diving board for an exciting journey into self discovery through the world of the arts: composers, musicians, dance, theater, visual art and literature. I hope to pass this feeling of a inter-relatedness on to my students and to give my students something to take home in their hearts.
It gives me great joy to teach and to see my students discover and grow.
Please note that missing class is not recommended and you will need to practice outside of class! As every class builds one upon another, if you anticipate missing a class, you may schedule a private make-up lesson to keep current with the group.
939 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor, buzz #202 or #307 for entrance to the building.
Subways A, B, C, D, or 1 to 59th Street Columbus Circle.
Please choose either Enrollment Only (if you are planning to bring your own violin) or Enroll with Loaner Violin (if you wish to have a violin provided.) If your checkout email address is not your preferred contact, please include an additional email address in the "notes" portion of your payment.
To secure your place in class, the Reservation/Partial Tuition Fee is $135, $195 if reserving a loaner violin.
To view class descriptions and to enroll, please scroll to see all class offerings.
Cancellation Policy: There is a $35 cancellation fee. Your reservation fee is partially refundable only with one week advance notice. If canceling your enrollment 7 days prior to the first class, your Enrollment fee, or portion of, may be forfeit if the vacancy cannot be filled. Thank you for your understanding.
If renting an instrument, please be aware that there is up to a $250 replacement fee for late return, damaged, or lost instrument.
On occasion, class may be canceled/rescheduled due to low enrollment, at which point a student may have a refund of tuition, or use tuition towards an alternate or future class.
"After waiting for decades to do something I've dreamed of, I am amazed at how much I've leaned and progressed in such a short time. If playing the violin is what you want to do, StringSchool is an excellent way to learn and grow."
"After all those years of thinking & wondering if I could or should, I finally feel that I AM A VIOLINIST."
"The group lessons are the best clean fun around. Better than therapy! You'll feel great about learning something that can nurture your soul for the rest of your life."
"Playing with a group is so much more fun than playing alone, and it's easy to find people to play with who are at roughly the same level as you, whether you've recently started or have been playing for years."
It's never too late to pick up the instrument that you love!