Q: How much time does my child (or I) need to set aside to practice each day?
A: This really depends on the student. Elementary school - aged students should consider practicing at least 10-15 minutes a day. Older students should consider practicing 30-45 minutes a day or longer. These numbers are not set in stone, however. Even if you don’t have much time to devote to practicing on a given day, I can discuss methods to make the most of even very short practice sessions.
Q: How old does my child need to be to start lessons?
A: While violins come in very small sizes, I prefer the child to be at least 6 years old, or almost 6 years old before beginning lessons. For viola, it depends on the size of the student, as violas only come so small. I can measure your child to determine if the viola would be a good instrument to start on or if beginning on violin and switching to viola at a later date is a better option. Please keep in mind that for students age 6 through approx. age 12, there is usually a fair amount of parental involvement required to keep students on track with practicing and reviewing lesson material. Lessons for young children are as much a commitment for the parent as it is for the student.
Q: Can a parent be present to listen during lessons?
A: Absolutely. Lessons can conform to whatever makes parent and student most comfortable.
Q: How long are lessons?
A: Depending on age, I will make a recommendation as to how long the lesson should be. Generally, lessons can be 30 minutes for very young children, or 1 hour for middle school, high school, and adult students. Every student is different though, and the lesson length can be tailored to the needs of the individual.
Q: Will I need to buy books or do you provide them?
A: I request that the parent or adult student purchase the appropriate materials and I will give the specifics of exactly what books are needed and make suggestions, if needed, as to where they may be purchased.
Q: How do I know what size violin or viola to rent or buy?
A: We can meet prior to the start of lessons and I can take a measurement to determine the appropriate size violin or viola to rent or buy. If you are considering renting or buying locally, most violin shops can also measure the student for the appropriate sized instrument.