Criteria For Study
All About Lessons
Criteria For Study:Private violin and viola lessons are offered to students ages 5 and up. No prior experience is necessary. A love of music is required, however!
All About Lessons:The student will receive high quality instruction. Lessons are offered online through various videoconferencing platforms, in person at a private studio at 287 Ohio St, Bangor, or a hybrid model. I teach daily, Monday through Friday, from 12:30pm to 9pm; Saturdays, from 8am - 3pm. Lessons are available in the following increments:
Lesson length is also recommended based upon the age and attention span of the individual.
Students learn basic through advanced playing techniques.
The following styles are available for study:
-Classical (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary
-Jazz (beginner through intermediate)
-Fiddle styles (beginner through intermediate):
-Scottish / Cape Breton
I also teach ear training, music theory, and composition as related to the instrument.
Recitals:The studio gives one recital a year as practice for Youth Symphony auditions.
Students are also encouraged to participate in groups. The studio does not provide this service, however, several school districts do (Bangor, Orono, John Bapst). For students whose school has no string program, there are two options. Some schools with band and choral programs are willing to include and feature string players with these other ensembles. I am certainly willing to assist with arranging music and writing parts for my students whose teachers are interested in this type of participation. There is also the BSYO (Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra). This is a full orchestra setting that provides a good ensemble experience for students with no local school options.
Monthly Rates (effective Fall 2020):Standard monthly rates include a reserved weekly time and all recital fees. Additional discounts may be available for families signing on three or more children. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books.
Standard individual lesson rate is $45 per hour. Students paying per lesson choose a lesson date and time from the list posted under the Timeslots Available link. No guarantee is made for availability at any time. Payment is expected at the beginning of the lesson.
Schedule:The 2020 Fall semester starts from Monday, August 31, 2020. The studio is open on all holidays except:
If you must miss a lesson, it is your responsibility to contact me and reschedule. Due to COVID students have access to unlimited online lesson make ups but are limited to one in person make up per semester. There is no guarantee that available make up times will be on days and at times that are convenient for you. I do not financially credit students for missed lessons or issue refunds. All make up time is contingent upon whether or not monthly fees are paid and up-to-date. All decisions on qualifying for make ups rest with the teacher. Time must be taken during posted timeslots during the Fall, Winter or Spring semesters. Extra time is not carried over into the summer semester for credit.
I am an active performer. If I must reschedule a lesson because of a rehearsal or performance, you will be notified in advance. I do my best to keep such interruptions to a minimum.