Viola Lessons (Ages 5+)
Viola lessons are currently available with the teacher(s) listed below and are open to all ages 5 and above. Students must have access to their own viola for practice at home. Viola rosin and a method book will also be required, and we advise that you wait until your first lesson before purchasing a book so that the teacher can assess and recommend appropriately, which book to purchase. All of the above instruments & supplies as well as additional supplies that may be useful for viola lessons are available for purchase and/or rent from School of Music Arts. Please refer to our Rentals page for further details on instrument rentals.
Chantal Lemire is a PhD candidate at Western University. She received a Master of Music in viola performance from McGill University, and a Master of Arts in Music Theory from the University of British Columbia. As a violist and violinist, Chantal has performed in chamber ensembles across North America and Europe and with orchestras such as the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony. She was assistant principal of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2010, and concertmaster for the Prince George Symphony's 2013 production of Les Miserables. Chantal has taught violin and viola at L'École Formation Artistique au Coeur de l'education (FACE) school in Montreal, and is currently a faculty member for the Orchestra North Summer Program in Owen Sound, ON., where she teaches violin, viola, and music theory. Her doctoral research focuses on intersections of speech and music, exploring how elements of speech can be used as compositional material in both popular and art musics. As a scholar, Chantal has presented papers at the Canadian Music Centre, The Peabody Institute of Music, the Vancouver International Song Institute, as well as at several graduate student conferences across Canada. In 2013, she was awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for her doctoral project on text/music interactions in singer-songwriter Tom Waits's spoken-word songs, and in 2015 she was awarded a Doctoral Excellence in Research prize from the University of Western Ontario. At SMArts, she teaches Violin Lessons, viola lessons and theory lessons.
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 start at $23.00 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 Else Do I Need To Play?
There are additional supplies that may be needed throughout the course of your study, such as strings, tuners and shoulder rests. Also, as you progress, you will need new, more advanced method books so that you can continue to learn new songs and new techniques. We stock the basics to make sure every student has what they need to play, but other items can be specially ordered for you if needed or desired. For more information on product availability, please ask our administrative staff.