Violin Lessons (Ages 5+)
Violin is a beautiful instrument but it is difficult to play. Don't get discouraged though, our teachers, listed below, are excellent for all ages and all skill levels. They will teach new students how to properly hold the instrument, and how to listen carefully and train your ear along with reading music and other theory principles. If you want to learn a specific song or style, they can help get you there. Scroll to the bottom to find a few of our most frequently asked questions about violin lessons.
Jennifer is an organist/pianist originally from Victoria, B.C., with an M.Mus in Collaborative Piano from the University of Western Ontario. She previously obtained a B.Mus in Piano Performance from UVic, and has an ARCT in piano. As an organist, she holds the diploma of Colleague of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and she works as Church Organist at Holy Angels Catholic Church in St. Thomas, Ontario. She also has her Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 8 Violin Certificate and has been teaching piano lessons and violin lessons professionally since 2013.
Behn holds a diploma in Musical Performance with Honours at Cambrian College and a Bachelor of Music Arts degree from Western University. After studying viola for two years, Behn had become a two time Kiwanis Provincial Violist and has performed as Principle Violist of the Sudbury Youth Orchestra and has performed with the Sudbury Symphony. Behn is also a proficient improviser/composer and performer on the piano and has experience performing at events and venues across Ontario. He had the honor of providing live music for Huntsville's Deerhurst Resort during the 2010 G8 Summit. Behn teaches violin lessons, viola lessons, piano lessons and beginner cello lessons and is also a proud member of the London Community Orchestra.
What Are Your Rates?
We've learned that every music teacher is different, and each has different skills. Some have Masters degrees, while others are still students themselves. For this reason, we've given the teachers the ability to set their own rates when they are hired based on their skills. The rate for violin lessons is $25.00 for a 30 minute lesson.
Is 30 Minutes Enough?
For beginners the answer is definitely yes. When you are first learning, you're getting a lot of new, and in some cases, confusing information given to you. The amount of information given in one 30 minute lesson will give you a lot to work on as you practice throughout the week. Practicing is absolutely essential to learning music. As you get to more advanced skills, more time may be necessary if and when your teacher recommends it.
How Long Will It Take To Learn?
We get asked this question a lot. There is no specific date, or number of lessons. It depends on a few things including how often students practice. Although the songs may be very simple, we know we can have students playing at least one short song within 30 days. If you are hoping to play Mozart, it will take more time. But anyone can do it if they want it enough or work hard enough.
What Do I Need To Start?
Students will need a violin to learn on. If you do not already have your own violin, we can provide one for rent or for purchase. Teachers will also provide students with a lesson book to be purchased at the first lesson. Please avoid purchasing a book before lessons begin in case the book you purchase is different from the book recommended by the teacher. Violin rosin is also necessary as it makes it possible for the bow to grip the strings in order to make them vibrate which produces the sound. Additionally, we suggest purchasing a tuner and a shoulder rest, which we can provide, though without these, it will still be possible to learn to play.