1. Missed lessons: If you need to miss a lesson, try your best to make it up within the same week to keep your progress steady.
2. 24 hour cancellation policy: You are required to give 24 hours notice of cancellation prior to your scheduled lesson. Otherwise, you may be charged the full amount for your missed lesson. If you find you are always canceling last minute, consider asking for a standby schedule where you can be added to the schedule on a last-minute notification basis. Remember, your spot is being reserved for you for weeks at a time, and if you cancel the day of, or with less than 24 hours notice, it is impossible for the teacher to fill your spot at the last minute. Scheduling is pretty flexible when done in advance – a regular weekly time is recommended but can be modified based on availability. This can only work based on advance cancellations. Often other students ask to reschedule one or more weeks in advance, and your spot is being reserved and protected for you. When you cancel at the last minute you are also denying another student the chance to get their lesson for the week.
3. Practice: please try to practice a minimum of 2-3 hours in between lessons. Try to practice daily. The repitition of practicing the same thing days in a row is incredibly helpful in building muscle memory. If a week comes up where you have limited days to practice, try to make one of your practice days close to your lesson day. Your progress is directly related to how much you practice.
How do private violin lessons work?
Beginners typically take 60 minute classes once per week at a recurring time. Young children typically take half hour classes and older children, adult musicians and those on a budget typically take 45 minute classes. The most common lesson length to start with is 60 minutes, especially in the beginning as the teacher will need to tune your instrument and help you get set up. Some students choose to take lessons twice per week when a concert is coming up, to catch up from a vacation or if they have some extra time off and just want to make faster progress.
In class, you will learn new techniques, receive guidance on how to achieve the best sound possible and learn songs that you like and that interest you. You are expected to take this guidance and practice it thoroughly at home until you feel comfortable with it, so that when you are in class next, the teacher can move on to a new concept or skill which builds upon the skill practiced at home. They will only move you forward once you can do the more basic technique.
All private students have an opportunity to play in the seasonal concerts.
How do group violin classes work?
One hour group classes are held once per week at 150 W. 46th St, on the 6th floor. A new semester is held 2-3 times a year and runs for 12-15 weeks. Semesters are typically:
September – December
March – May
June – August
When we are enrolling for a new semester, details and prices will be posted for that semester. Prices range from $30 – $40 per class, depending on package pricing and early enrollment. Most semesters end in a concert where all students can perform what they have learned for friends and family.
We will be working through a curriculum, so it is important that each student takes the material covered in class and practices it at home. Each lesson will build one upon the other. Many students like learning in a group setting as they are all learning a new, difficult instrument at the same time. Even beginners learn from one another. You will learn a lot just from playing with other musicians of any level and any instrument.
Absolute Beginner students are encouraged to start at the first class of the semester so they can learn the fundmentals such as learning how to hold the violin and bow, and the basics of reading sheet music as it pertains to the violin. Our system allows us to get this out of the way quickly. You are welcome to join the class once the semester has already begun, but know that it will take at least 1-2 private lessons to catch you up to the group class, at which point you are welcome to join in for the rest of the semester. Any further catching up you need to do can be done in the group class setting with the help of the assistant violin teacher.
Intermediate students may join the class at any time since you already have a good idea of how to read sheet music, how to count, and how to play. If you can read half, quarter and eighth notes on at least two strings, you may join this class. The Violin III part will be easiest, Violin II will be appropriate for late beginners, and the Violin I parts will offer a bit of a challenge to the early-mid intermediate student. There are no Advanced parts in this orchestra. This class is intended to give you more experience playing in an ensemble setting, as well as improving your ability to read and play sheet music. Your skill will be increased through playing with others and working through the challenges that playing new music offers. Playing in an ensemble is fun, keeps you accountable on your violin progress and you will get to perform for family and friends in a concert at the end of the semester. Violists and Cellists are actively being sought for the orchestra.
How big are group classes?
Classes typically have 6-10 students in attendance, depending on the type of class and season. Historically classes have gone as high as 20 students as we neared the concert, but we now prefer to cap classes at 12 students for maximum attention to each student. Classes must have a minimum of 3 enrollments to start the semester. We do accept late enrollments.
What materials will I need?
3. Shoulder Rest (if needed – the Kun Original is great)
4. Tuner (D’Addario violin tuner is best)
3. Metronome app or device (Seiko is great)
4. Music stand, for home practice
6. Spare set of strings (E.g. Ascente)
Do you offer a scholarship for students undergoing financial stress?
Yes. There are two partial scholarships available for group classes during each semester. Click above to submit an application at least 10 days before the start of the semester.
Is there a cancellation fee?
Yes. If lessons are canceled or changed (including lesson duration change) within a 24 period prior to the scheduled lesson, you may be charged the full rate for the lesson. The reason for this is as follows: when you book your lesson, your teacher reserves that spot for you all week, denying other students the opportunity to book at that time. If you cancel at the last minute, you are denying the teacher the ability to book another lesson during the time they were holding for you and denying other students a lesson.
Other than this single rule, scheduling is pretty flexible. If you know about a lesson you can’t make, please tell the teacher as soon as you know. It really helps the teacher to afford all students an opportunity to reschedule lessons if all changes are known as much in advance as possible. If you cancel more than 24 hours in advance, there is no penalty.
Is it hard to learn the violin?
Absolutely not. It is our belief that learning the violin is easy. You just have to have the right teacher and a willingness to learn!
Do you teach beginners?
Yes, beginners are welcome. We teach students of all ages and have a majority of adults in our classes and lessons.
I used to play the violin and I really want to start playing again. I hardly remember anything. Is that ok?
Yes. We will start you in at the right level and take it from there. Many adult violin students fall into this category. You can even join one of our group classes and play with other players who used to play, too!
I’m an adult and I really want to learn the violin. Is it too late to start? I’ve heard you have to start when you’re a kid.
Our belief and experience has been that this is absolutely not true. A good teacher can teach anyone. The advantage that kids have over adults is that they have many years ahead of them to practice to become virtuosos. In our experience, adults learn quite fast, even faster than kids most times.
How long will it take me to learn the violin?
Most private students are playing their first song by the end of the second lesson and after 4 lessons have several short, easy songs under their belt. After about 6 lessons, the student will usually be sight-reading easy sheet music fairly easily. The more you practice outside of your lesson, the faster your progress will be. We can’t emphasize this enough. How fast you sound confident depends on how much time you spend in practice getting comfortable.
How much do I have to practice?
You can achieve moderate success practicing at least 30 minutes a day. Some students leave their violin out and grab it whenever they have 20 or 30 minutes, whereas other students like to concentrate deeply for an hour or two several times a week. Longer, more frequent, concentrated practice will yield faster and better results. Sometimes life gets in the way, we get sick and we go out of town. If you must miss several days of practice, please aim for least 2-3 hours of practice in the week and try to practice close to your scheduled lesson time so you’re not rusty when you come in.
What is the cost of lessons?
Please see our pricing page for the latest information.
Do I need to own my own violin?
Yes. You will need it to practice at home in between lessons and for concerts. If you don’t have one, you are welcome to rent one from us until you decide which one to buy.
Are the lessons private or taught in a group?
We offer both, and we encourage students to take both simultaneously to get the most out of lessons. One without the other is ok, but both offer the fastest progress and is the most fun!
Can I take fiddle lessons?
Yes. Violin and fiddle are the same instrument, they are just two different styles of music. Both start out with the same approach, and once you are rolling along, your teacher will start specializing in fiddle songs and style with you.
Can I learn specific songs?
Absolutely. Start making a list and bring it in to your teacher!
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What is your refund policy?
Private lessons: Lessons that were paid for but not received may be refunded, though a reschedule is encouraged as lesson credits never expire. Refunds are not issued for lessons that were given, for a no-show, or for a lesson than was canceled less than 24 hours in advance.
Group lessons: Any group class purchase, whether single or a full semester, is good until the end of the semester. Refunds are not issued for classes that were not received. If a student has not started a semester, they may use the tuition for another semester, gift it to a friend or as a sponsored scholarship, or request a refund.
If you purchased your class through CourseHorse, then our Refund & Cancellation policy applies to your purchase. If you are entitled to a refund, or have any questions, please visit the CourseHorse site and contact their customer service team.