Are you an adult looking to learn violin on a budget? Perhaps you are looking for a new hobby, a new skill set, or want to tap into your musical side?

Did you used to play violin in the past and want to get back into it again? Perhaps you are already taking violin lessons, and want to see what it’s like to play with others?

If you are looking to learn violin alongside other adults in Midtown Manhattan outside of work hours, you have finally found the perfect fit:

ADULT GROUP VIOLIN CLASSES

May you have already started learning violin. Maybe you have never taken a single music class in your life. Either way, we have a class that is perfect for you. 

Private lessons have a more flexible schedule but a firmer cancellation policy. To find out more about private lessons, click here.  Group classes are learning environments with 3 or more students and 1 or more teachers where all students learn to play violin, viola or cello or classical or contemporary pieces, by playing other the same or harmonizing parts. Most students take private lessons alongside group classes, though this is not required.

How Do Group Classes Work?

At NYC Violin Studio, there are four levels of group classes.

0. Absolute Beginner
1. Beginner
2. Late Beginner
3. Student Orchestra

Class size: Each class contains a small number of students and 1-2 teachers, depending on the level. All group classes include violin, viola or cello. You must bring your instrument to class (rentals here) and practice on it between classes. Chairs, music stands and music will be provided for you. 

Online Support: More and more content is being put up on our website to help you learn the group music faster. When you sign up, you will receive a password to the Violin Class Resources Page which has sheet music, videos and MP3 files to help you learn as fast as possible. 

Difficulty Level: The class is programmed to not be too difficult, but to push you along. If you never practice, you will have a hard time keeping up. If you practice 1-2 times per week, you will barely keep up. If you practice 3-4 times per week, you will be right on track. If you practice 5-7 times per week, you will be ahead, and will be very comfortable with the pace of the class.

Your head teacher has been teaching for over 14 years and is very familiar with how different people learn at different speeds. In all orchestras, there are two violin sections: Violin I and Violin II. Violin I generally has the more complicated, harder and higher parts and Violin II generally has the easier, lower, supporting parts. Here, we use this model to our advantage, even in the most beginner classes, to not only keep the music and learning interesting and fun, but also to give a slight challenge to the faster and more experienced students, and to keep the slower and less experienced students moving along.

The student orchestra a group of students, some of whom are returning semester after semester. Thus, you can expect the orchestra pieces to become more difficult over time. Orchestra pieces generally do not repeat from one semester to the other. 1st Violin plays the more challenging part while 2nd violin supports them with a slightly easier part.

Schedule: Each level of class is held twice a week. You may attend one or both classes. Take the Absolute Beginner schedule as an example. Classes are held on Tuesday night and on Saturday morning. Tuesday’s class material will be repeated on Saturday morning. Let’s say you signed up to attend once a week and you plan on attending on Tuesday nights. One week you have a stressful week at work and you aren’t able to practice much. You can come to the Saturday class as additional practice. Or, you normally come Saturdays but are out of town one weekend. You can reschedule that Saturday for a Tuesday. To keep pace with the class, try to keep the make-up class within the same week, or as close to that as possible. Some students want to make progress as fast as possible, in which case they sign up for 2 classes per week. Since semesters are 10 weeks long, they would opt for a package of 20 classes. And, if you would like to come twice a week but can’t make it to every class, there is a package of 15 available.

As a note, you may use your package for classes of any level. E.g. If you start the semester and realize the class is too easy for you, you can switch to a higher level class at any time. Or, if you want to brush up on your basics, you can use one of the classes in your package to join a lower-level class one evening.

Expiration and Cancellation: In a private lesson, the teacher is blocking off a time slot in their calendar for you, preventing other students from signing up for a lesson at that time. Therefore in private lessons, a 24 cancellation policy exists. However, in group classes, the affordable price gets you access to classes all semester, with no penalty for cancelling classes last-minute or no-showing (though please do inform your teacher as soon as you know so they may plan properly). However, at the end of the semester all lessons in that package expire. They are not transferable or interchangeable with private lessons or any other good or service.

Comparisons: Having trouble deciding between group classes or private lessons? Many students take both simultaneously. It’s fun to play in a group, and there is a degree of accountability. Private lessons help you excel technically and hastens learning time. If you have no musical background, or would like to speed progress, consider doing both. If you are on a limited budget or schedule, you might have to choose one or the other during active semester times.

  Absolute Beginner Beginner Student Orchestra Private Lessons
Students 3 – 8   3 – 10 3 – 16 1
Teachers 1 – 2 1 1 1
Location Midtown West Midtown West Midtown West Midtown West, or Your Home in UES, Harlem, Morningside Heights, Long Island
Length 60 mins 60 mins 60 mins 60, 45 or 30 mins
Frequency 1-2x/week 1-2x/week 1-2x/week Typically 1x/week though can be more depending on availability
Class times Tues night & Sat morning Wed night & Sat morning Tues night & Sat afternoon As it fits your schedule
Performance at end? no yes yes Encouraged to participate in the biannual concerts
Cost per semester $325/semester $325/semester $325/semester N/A
Cost of a single class $36 $36 $36 $70 for 60 min,          $55 for 45 min           $40 for 30 min            for most teachers.
Cost per class if purchased in a package $32.50 in a 10-pack   $30 in a 15-pack        $26 in a 20-pack $32.50 in a 10-pack   $30 in a 15-pack        $26 in a 20-pack $32.50 in a 10-pack   $30 in a 15-pack        $26 in a 20-pack $65 in a 5-pack
Cancellation Policy None/No penalty None/No penalty None/No penalty More than 24 hours required, or the full lesson fee will be due
Expiration Date Single class – never Single class – never Single class – never Single lesson – never
  Package – end of semester Package – end of semester Package – end of semester Package – never
Music provided Yes Yes Yes Not always
Can be purchased online Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can be scheduled online Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can be rescheduled online Yes, to any other offered class time Yes, to any other offered class time Yes, to any other offered class time Yes, to any available time on calendar
Can be cancelled online Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can be financed (package broken into partial, scheduled payments) Yes Yes Yes No
Focused on reading music and technical skills Yes Somewhat Somewhat Yes
Focused on listening & musicality Somewhat Yes Yes, definitely Somewhat
Learning alongside your peers Yes Yes Yes No
Offered online No No  No  Yes
Online tools on nycviolinstudio.com to assist Yes Yes Yes Not yet
Moves at your own pace No, though there is an assistant teacher to help No  No Yes


What group class level is right for you?

Cumulative Skills Gained by End of Level:
  Absolute Beginner Beginner Late Beginner Student Orchestra – 2nd Violin Student Orchestra – 1st Violin
Core Basics How to hold a violin        
How to hold a bow        
Read and play open strings        
Learn to read and play this many types of note and rest durations 6 10 12 + 18 – 20 18 – 20
Strings learned Two All Four All Four All Four All Four + shifting
Number of fingers used 3 3 – 4 3 – 4 3 – 4 All Four
Scales 1 2 – 3 4+ Up to 3 per semester Up to 3 per semester
Keys D Major A Major, G Major, C Major 0 – 2 sharps &/or 1 flat Up to 3 flats or sharps Up to 3 flats or sharps
Time Signatures 1 2 – 3 3 + 4 + 5 +
Bowing Techniques 1 2 – 3 3 – 5 6 + 6 +
Dynamics 2 + 4 All All
Accidentals 2 + 4 + All All
Overall difficuly level    (1-10) 1 – 2 3 – 4 4 – 5 4.75 – 6 6 – 7.5

Meet your teachers and learn about group classes:

Group classes are more fun than private lessons, because you get to experience the joy of real music-making with others. You will be able to log more hours of practice, which will make you a more natural player more rapidly. Private lessons are great because you can advance technically, and focus on repertoire of your choosing. The most ideal learning would involve both, as playing with a group teaches you things you could never learn inside of a private lesson, like to how to listen and blend, how to follow and lead others, how to perform alongside others, and many small nuances throughout the semester. There are times when learning is quicker in a group because you only need to see the skill demonstrated from a fellow player to understand what is to be played.Still have more questions? 

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