Group Violin Lessons for Students with Experience

Maybe you've played in high school orchestra? Or perhaps you were a Suzuki kid? Maybe you've had private lessons? Below is a list of ongoing classes with openings for new students. Students with experience may begin at any timeplease inquire about joining a class in progress as usually future schedules are listed below. Each class has a brief description, so you can perhaps see which class may be of interest and close to your level of playing.

Classes & Levels

If you are unsure as to whether or you should join a particular class, please write and describe your experience. Also, new students are welcome to schedule a free consultation and/or arrange to visit a class to help decide which one might be a good fit. Please don't be shy, classes are fun, imaginative, and you will learn to play with great classmates!

Our complete basic skills series (the first 3 years of learning) includes classes in this progression:

First Year: Beginner Violin 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1e
Second Year: Violin 2a-2e
Third Year: Violin 3a-3e
Fourth Year and Above: Violin Ensemble

It is recommended that students with 3-4+ years of experience augment group classes with more frequent private lessons.

About Your Teacher

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. 

Ed Davis

Tuition & Policies

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.

Our session includes two months of 1-hour group classes,
and one private lesson.

Reservation/Partial Tuition:
Tuition Remainder, Due by First Class:


Loaner Violin: $60**

* $160 by check or cash, $166 by credit card.
** If you are interested in renting a violin for the course, please select "loaner violin" when enrolling. Students may use and take home loaner violins for the duration of the course. This one-time fee covers the loaner for an entire 8 week session.

As these are group lessons with limited class size and a meeting space provided, please commit to the full session in which you wish to be enrolled. Fees for the session are not refunded for missing class or discontinuing for any reason.

Meeting Place

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.

Do I need to know how to read music to take this class?
First year classes will focus on reading and some basic music theory. Advanced classes will address reading issues as applied to  each piece that is studied.
How long are the lessons and how many students are there in class?
Classes meet once a week, and each class is about 1 hour in length. This course also includes one private lesson. Classes are limited to 5-9 students.
I've been playing for some time and am not sure which class to take, what should I do?
You may schedule a free consultation or, if a class has already begun, come visit a class! Please write to arrange for a visit or consultation.
Work sometimes will keep me late, what if I have to miss class?
Students who miss class should schedule a make-up lesson to stay current with the class, these lessons can be scheduled at a convenient time. Lessons outside of class are a great way to stay current or to have extra help from time to time.
After this class, will I be able to continue where I left off?
Yes! Ongoing classes will be offered following this class, however it may be scheduled at a different time.
If I rent a loaner violin, can I take it home?
Yes, you'll need to practice of course! Loaner violins can be kept for the whole session and the rental fee covers the loaner for the entire 8 weeks of class.
If I join a class that has already started, what will my tuition be?
Please ask: tuition would be pro-rated so that you would only pay for remaining classes in a session.
Most of the class schedules I see are in the future, how can I join now?
Aside from holidays, classes are almost always in session—however classes that are currently in progress may not be listed in the schedules below. Please inquire for more information.

Schedule & Sign Up!

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.

Violin 1B

2-3 Months Experience
In this class, we'll be learning to move smoothly from string to string, how to play comfortably on different string levels, memorization strategies, portioning the bow, with also an intro to note reading and creating musical shape.
Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm
March 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19, 26

Violin 1D

6-7 Months Experience
In this class, we will be learning about how to "color" music, play the bow with the violin, create continuity in motion, and also how to use your head, arms and body weight to play smoothly throughout the bow.
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00pm
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17, 24

Violin 2A

~1 Year of Experience
In this class, we'll be learning to deepen tone, and play with the bow smoothly near the frog.  We'll also be discussing how rhythm creates shape and lends clues as to how to interpret a composition.
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00pm
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25

Violin 3A

~2 Years of Experience
In this class, we'll learn about various types of bowing, and how one may shape phrases using natural tendencies of the bow and a less than rigid sense of timing. We'll also be learning about minor keys, and how motifs in the minor scale can sometimes be ambiguous in implication.
For this class, attending the included private lesson is mandatory, and it is strongly suggested that students consider additional private lessons to further help with the challenging music being presented.
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00pm
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25

Violin 4A

~3-3.5 Years of Experience
In this class, we'll be studying works by Seitz, in addition to studying Wolfahrt etudes, shifting and scales. We'll be learning more about contrast, and managing (sometimes radically) differing bow speeds and techniques. We'll also be having a look at how to create shapes and character through variation, and gaining a better understanding of how it is possible to lead the ear of the listener. We'll also be having a deeper look at vibrato and 3rd position.
For this class, attending the included private lesson is mandatory, and it is strongly suggested that students consider additional private lessons to further help with the challenging music being presented.
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17, 24

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 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.

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