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 given at RDL Strings in downtown Bangor. 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 scale techniques, etudes, and pieces from the standard classical repertoire. If desired, students may also study fiddle music from a variety of countries, as well as improvisational techniques as applied in both the fiddle, jazz and electric environments. I am always open to studying music of today. Basic ear training, theory, rhythm study and history are a part of lessons. Student composition is also a part of lessons if appropriate.
Recitals:The studio gives a minimum of two recitals per year. Students are required to participate, as an important part of music study is learning to share oneís art in a performance environment.
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 2017):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 $40 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 2017 Fall semester starts from Monday, August 28, 2017. The studio is open on all holidays except:
A link to available time slots is provided on the website. If you must miss a lesson, it is your responsibility to go to the site, chose another day and time and confirm with me. There is no guarantee that available make up times will be on days and at times that are convenient for you. Students observing the 24 hour rule may choose other days and times for "make ups" or even reserve additional time at no extra cost. I do not financially credit students for missed lessons. I do not issue refunds. All make ups and extra time is contingent upon whether or not monthly fees are paid and up-to-date. All decisions on qualifying for make ups / additional time 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.
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.