Private 🎻 lessons violin and viola:
I offer violin lessons for all ages 5+. Check out my blog post “When should my child start music lessons?”
Viola students may prefer to begin with violin lessons as it can be difficult to find violas suitable for young children. The technique is readily transferable later on to the slightly larger instrument.
Lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes. $45/HR
Instrument rental is offered based on availability in the size you require. I have several violins between 1/8 and 3/4 available. An instrument rental contract is required, which will specify replacement value if the instrument is damaged beyond repair while in your care.
Instrument rental is $20-$25/month, depending on the instrument.
You are of course free to purchase an instrument. There are many available in music stores, online (try fiddleheads) or even on Amazon, although quality will range greatly. I would not personally recommend buying a violin without trying it first. If you are unsure about buying a violin, it’s always a good bet to bring an experienced violinist or your teacher along to check it out. I’ve personally had a great shopping experience at V. A. Hill Fine Strings in Calgary. They are very helpful and knowledgeable, have a great selection, and will make sure you get the right size violin for your child and your budget!
One final caveat: While you may be tempted to buy a cheap instrument, thinking it will be outgrown within a year, remember that for that year, you will be hearing your child play on that instrument several hours a week. Consider that it might be worthwhile to invest in a higher-quality instrument, both for your own listening pleasure but also because it may encourage your child to continue playing if she can produce a lovely sound even on a 1/4 size.
I do also occasionally purchase used violins from students who have outgrown them, which I may offer for sale or under my rental program.
Early childhood 🎶 music 🎶 classes
Early childhood music classes for preschoolers age 3-4 are 10 weeks long. Kids will get an introduction to music through singalongs, rhythm instruments, activities and games. Classes are 45 minutes and class size 4-6. 150$. Note that these classes will usually be held at the JBS centre. Next class dates TBA, email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
All students are invited to participate in music ensemble according to ability. Ensemble classes are normally scheduled for one Saturday afternoon per month. You will practice your part in your private lesson and then get together for a 1-hour group practice. Ensemble classes help students develop their ability to follow a conductor and add a lot of fun to playing. Ensemble classes are 25$/hour.
I have 34 years of experience playing the violin, since the tender age of four. I took weekly lessons for the first 14 years and began teaching at 16. I taught beginner and intermediate students under the supervision of my instructor for about 6 months before being a solo teacher for several years. I’ve studied various teaching methods, including the Letourneau Method, Suzuki and Kodaly. I am currently a member of the Alberta Kodaly Association for music teachers.
I’ve also played in small ensembles including a string quartet and a trio with piano and flute. I played second violin in the Quebec Conservatory of Music senior orchestra for four years. I’ve performed in a variety of venues as a student, both solo and with these ensembles. I’ve also been lucky enough to get a gig or two with a band over the years playing some fiddle tunes. I’m currently working on producing a video of myself performing “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” which I hope to be able to share soon on my videos page.