I offer traditional and online private lessons.
Students who I see in person will need to commit to a specific day and time each week for their lessons. For school aged students and beginner adults, lessons must be weekly so I can observe technique on a regular basis to prevent bad habits from inadvertently forming. Bi-weekly lessons are an option for late-intermediate or advanced students who already have a grasp on technique. Bi-weekly lessons are only offered late mornings.
If you live outside of Vermont and wish to study with me, I also offer online lessons. You need access to reliable internet but aside from that, we would meet as if we were in person. Lessons will be at a prearranged time via Facetime or Google Hangouts and payable by credit / debit card via Square. I have limited times available for teaching online and I reserve this platform for students who are unable to be seen in person due to distance.
Regardless of the platform, students are expected to practice between lessons. If progress isn't being made, I will have a conversation with the student / parent regarding practice techniques so that things start moving in the right direction.
I also offer introductory group lessons. The classes are kept small, between 5-8 students, so I can give attention to each student while still working with the group as a whole. The goal of these classes is to allow students the opportunity to learn the basics of a new instrument. The introduction of new work, keeps pace with the progress of the majority of the group, and their comfort with the previous week’s lesson. Students who progress individually at a different pace always have the option to further their studies through private instruction. Check back often to see when my next group lessons will be offered. Dates are listed below. ***Please note that it is required that the student obtain an instrument prior to the start of any of my classes. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.***
Adult Beginner's Violin 1 Class
This class is for students who have never played viola or violin before. If you have played either instrument (even though this class is violin only) please contact me prior to enrolling.
We will begin with the basics of holding the violin and move on to learning how to read music, and play simple tunes from our method book.
Students should plan to practice on their own at home at least 15-20 minutes, 3-5 days a week. On the first day of class we will go over the proper way to practice in order to effectively learn and retain material we cover in class.
If you don’t already own an instrument, contact the instructor for information on obtaining one prior to purchasing or renting. Some instruments that are able to be purchased online will not be suitable for this class. You must have your instrument for the first day of class.
Dates: Winter 2020
Registration Link: TBD
Kids Beginner Viola Class
This class is for students are 9-13 who have never played viola before. The viola is a member of the stringed instrument family and is played almost identically to that of the violin- cradled between the chin, collar bone and the shoulder, and is played with the bow. We will begin with basic technique for holding our violas, and learn to read music and play simple songs as we progress through our method book.
Students should plan to practice 3-5 days a week for 15-20 minutes each day. On the first day of class we will go over the proper way to practice in order to effectively learn and retain material we cover in class.
Vermont Violins is offering discounted rental violas for this duration of the class. The book and rosin are available to purchase at the time of renting. Please contact them as soon as possible to make sure an instrument will be available the week the class begins. Students must have an instrument on the first day of class. Please contact their Church St location should you be interested in their discounted rental violas for this class.
Please note that I only hold class if I have a minimum number of students registered and I am not responsible for the cost of the student's rental viola should I need to cancel due to low enrollment. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out and send me an email. Violin will not be taught at this class, we will strictly be learning viola.
Dates: 5/7/2019 through 6/4/2019
Location: Frederick H Tuttle Middle School
Registration Link: click here